Road crews working to repair potholes caused by winter storms

Tennessee Department of Transportation crews work to repair potholes after recent winter storms...
Tennessee Department of Transportation crews work to repair potholes after recent winter storms (File photo)(Tennessee Department of Transportation)
Published: Jan. 20, 2022 at 12:29 PM CST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - As weather conditions improve, Tennessee Department of Transportation crews will shift the focus to patching potholes on interstates and state highways.

“When we get a break in the weather, we shift our focus to patching potholes,” TDOT spokesperson Rebekah Hammonds said in a social media post. “We try to get to as many as possible, but the roads have taken a beating in these back-to-back winter storms.”

Crews will be out working to patch the holes on the interstates and major highways.

When conditions are cold or wet, the material used to patch potholes doesn’t stick as well to the surrounding pavement as when conditions are dry and warm.

During the winter months, asphalt plants are closed and hot asphalt is not available until the spring. Crews typically use a material called “cold mix” which isn’t always as durable. Crews likely have to return to these locations in the spring to make permanent repairs when asphalt plants reopen.

“Remember to slow down when you see potholes or our crews on the road,” Hammonds said.

Potholes are formed after small cracks form in the pavement from regular traffic or even snowplows going over roadways during the winter months. As rain or melted snow flows into the cracks, the water goes underneath the main part of the roadway. As the temperature changes and fluctuates, freezing and thawing weaken the roadways more. A gap is left in the roadway, leaving it weakened. As traffic flow resumes and continues to go over the weakened roadway, the asphalt collapses on itself, causing potholes to form.

How to report potholes

Interstates, state highways

To report a pothole for repair, fill out a maintenance request form, contact the appropriate Region Office or email Be sure to note the exact location including the route, mile marker and any nearby cross streets on interchanges.

Region 1: Knoxville/Upper East Tennessee – 865-594-2408

Region 2: Chattanooga/East and Middle Tennessee – 423-892-3430

Middle Tennessee counties include: Cannon, Clay, Coffee, DeKalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grundy, Jackson, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Van Buren, Warren and White counties.

Region 3: Nashville/Middle Tennessee – 615-350-4300

Middle Tennessee counties include: Bedford, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Wayne, Williamson and Wilson, counties.

Region 4: Jackson/West Tennessee – 731-935-0205

Metro Nashville Department of Transportation

Click to report potholes on Metro Nashville streets or call hubNashville at 311 or 615-862-5000, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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