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MoDOT crews balance patching potholes, fighting snow

There were more than 300 MoDOT crews out patching potholes on Thursday.

February 15, 2019 - 1:10 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Noticing all the potholes? The wet weather and temperature swings aren't helping.

There were more than 300 MoDOT crews out patching potholes on Thursday.
 
"To actually get a crew together to go out and patch potholes, we have to take all the snow-fighting equipment off," says Becky Allmeroth with MoDOT. "So [it's] really, really labor-intensive to even break down to go back and forth between those two operations. So, it's a challenge every day trying to balance and trying to get out there and patch as many potholes as we can."
 
Allmeroth says with the weather swings we've been having, they're patching up roads where they don't typically see problems.

"We're seeing potholes on roads that we normally don't," she says. "Everything from interstate roadways, we're seeing all the way down to county roads, and even as you go into some businesses, driveways and parking lots right now are a mess."
 
Allmeroth says with more storms on the horizon, it's a real challenge. On a given day, there are more than 300 pothole-patching crews across the state.