Pothole repair crews hit highways; neighborhoods to fill craters created by winter storm

Drivers can report potholes, ask repairs be paid
Potholes in Edgehill
Posted at 5:29 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 21:36:55-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Potholes, the aggravating side effects of last week's snow and ice, are literally taking shape on roads around the area.

On Monday, Tennessee Department Of Transportation crews spent six hours filling potholes on Nashville-area interstates. A spokesperson said crews filled holes on I-40, I-65 and I-24, including a patch of potholes near Haywood Lane.

In Nashville, Metro Public Works visited neighborhoods like Whispering Hills to fill in potholes.

Potholes can bust tires and wheels as well as damage shocks and struts.

Tire shops, like Bass Tire Company in South Nashville, expect snowplows likely ruptured patched potholes too.

"When you take a blade across the asphalt and you've got an un-leveled surface there, [it] will pop that pothole," said Aaron Lane, a manager. "It will make that come out of there and it will make a crater there at that point, and that only gets bigger as folks keep running over them."

Both the state and city take requests from the public to repair potholes that are problematic.

Since late last week, the Davidson County TDOT office has received approximately 80 requests for pothole repairs on state roads.

If you hit a pothole and it damages your car, you can make a claim with the Tennessee Department of Treasury. But drivers need to be able to prove road crews had a reasonable amount of time to repair the pothole and did not.

According to numbers from FY 2020, of the 1,035 pothole claims filed with the state, 7 were approved resulting in $3274.32 in payouts.