Recent weather causes pothole problems for drivers

PADUCAH — Pothole season is here, months ahead of schedule. We typically start seeing more of them pop up around March. But the recent freeze and quick warm-up has drivers dodging potholes right now.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Keith Todd says, “It starts with a little crack in the pavement. A little water gets in there, it freezes, it expands, it makes the crack bigger, more water gets in.”

Todd says vehicles drive over it, ripping out pieces of the road. Before you know it, you’re dodging that dreaded divot. He says crews are out this week patching potholes, so you have a smooth ride.

“Potholes are a major source of issues with cars,” says Todd. “You can knock your vehicle out of alignment, which causes wear on your tires. In an extreme case it might cause you to have a blowout.”

Matt Morris is a car salesman at Mike Smith KIA in Paducah. In front of the dealership, along Irvin Cobb Drive, is a pothole.

Morris says the pothole showed up once the snow started to melt. He says on Saturday, the hole was the size of a large plate. When he got back to work on Monday, he says, the pothole was more than six inches deep and could fit an average size adult if they were lying down.

“That pothole just started and it got deeper and deeper,” says Morris. “Once it started filling up with water, each time somebody would pass, it was just like a wall of water would go up and splash everything.”

It was a huge relief for Morris when he saw crews filling in the pothole Monday afternoon.

“Definitely a relief knowing that people aren’t going to be having any more issues,” says Morris.

Click here to report a pothole to the Local 6 Pothole Patrol or call the KYTC Pothole Hotline at 1-800-728-2448.

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