Warming temps bring more potholes

Potholes (Photo WDTN/Staff)
Potholes (Photo WDTN/Staff)


Chances are you were dodging potholes while driving to work this morning.

Potholes begin after snow or rain seeps into the soil below the road surface. The moisture freezes when temperatures drop, causing the ground to expand and push the pavement up.

As temperatures rise, as it did Wednesday, the ground returns to normal level but the pavement remains raised. This creates a gap between the pavement and the ground below it.

When vehicles drive over this area, the pavement surface cracks and falls into the hollow space, creating a pothole.

State and city crews in charge of removing snow and ice are also responsible for filling these cavities.

There is a chance the agency responsible for fixing the potholes will have to pay for your repairs, but first you’ll need to prove the transportation agency was aware of the pothole and did nothing about it.

If you noticed a pothole in the city of Dayton report the problem using its street maintenance call center at (937) 333-4800. An operator will dispatch crews to the location to fix the pothole.

If you believe the city of Dayton is liable you can submit a claim by contacting its law department at (937) 333-4100.

You will take these same steps if the pothole is in another city.

If the pothole is on an interstate, US or state route, report the problem to ODOT

Submit any claims to the Ohio Court of Claims.


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