Throughout the month of March, MoDOT maintenance crews will be repairing potholes in an effort to keep roads as safe and smooth as possible.

MoDOT is asking residents to report pot holes to maintenance crews, so they can assess the damage and complete the needed repairs.

“We don’t want to take any shortcuts and sacrifice the safety of our customers and our crews,” said State Maintenance Engineer Becky Allmeroth. “We are focusing on quality repairs. It is not a good use of resources to have our crews going out multiple times repairing the same pothole.”

Allmeroth asks motorists to watch out for crews making the repairs, slow down and move over a lane to give them room to work. As many as 300 pothole patching crews may be working to make state roadways safer, according to a press release from MoDOT.

“Please be aware of crews on the roadway give them room. The work they are performing is saving lives, saving taxpayers’ money and costly repairs to their vehicles,” Allmeroth said.

Motorists can report the location of potholes on state maintained roads using the following methods:

- Call the 24/7 Customer Service Center at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636)
- Use the 'Report a Road Concern' form on the web at www.modot.org
- Use a smart phone/tablet with a mobile friendly form at modot.org.

The press release indicates that MoDOT spends approximately $15-million a year on pothole patching, with the majority of that during the month of March.

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