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Last week, the Missouri Department of Transportation was focused on clearing the state’s roadways of snow and ice.  And before the week was up, crews began working to repair potholes.

The department’s state maintenance director, Natalie Roark, said in a news release that the freezing temperatures combined with the snow and ice this month have caused lots of potholes to form on Missouri’s highways.  Crews are working as hard as they can to fill potholes.  She asked motorists to be patient.

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If you come across a pothole on a Missouri highway, the state Department of Transportation wants you to let them know about it.  According to a news release, MODOT is kicking off an enhanced pothole repair initiative today.  They say through the month of March, maintenance crews are committed to repairing potholes with asphalt as quickly as possible after it’s reported.

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Area roadways have become a lot bumpier following the recent snow and sleet. 

Potholes form when temperatures warm up during the day but drop back down at night.  According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, moisture from rain and snow constantly seeps into the cracks and joints of the roadway.  When temperatures drop at night, that water freezes and expands the pavement, which causes it to crack and bulge.  The pressure caused by vehicles driving on it results in chunks of pavement popping out and causing potholes.