Watch out for potholes after last week's winter storms

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Posted at 6:09 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 09:33:49-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Some of you may be hitting the road for the first time today since the snow hit, and you need to look out for potholes.

It’s going to be very important you pay close attention to the roads this week to watch out for potholes and the crews trying to fix them.

A pothole forms when moisture gets into the pavement, freezes and then thaws. This leaves a space that eventually caves in due to traffic.

After all of the snow and ice last week, potholes have been reported all over Middle Tennessee on main roads, side roads and the interstates.

Some of you all may be asking yourself if you can get reimbursed by the state if your car is damaged by hitting a pothole. The short answer is yes, but you must file a claim and prove the damaged was caused by the state’s negligence.

You also must be able to show that the state was aware of the condition prior to your incident and had time to repair it and neglected to do so.

If you see a pothole on any state roads you can report the issue to Tennessee Department of Transportation. You can do the same here in the Metro area.