Potholes plague roads following temperature changes

Potholes plague roads as temperatures warm and dip again.

When the temperatures go from the single digits to topping 70 degrees in less than a month, it can really take a toll on roads.

Potholes are a nuisance we deal with every year, but MoDOT district engineer Travis Koestner said drivers may encounter even more potholes this year.

"We have that frost a little bit deeper in the subsurface this year we believe, and this time of year when it's cold and warm and cold and warm, it's taken longer for that frost to come out. So we think we may have just a little bit of an extended pothole season," said Koestner.

The road craters form when there's a freeze-thaw pattern coupled with changes in moisture within the pavemnent, creating weak spots in the road.

"Any time that it's not snowing, you'll probably see our crews out there on the roadways filling potholes, and we appreciate everyone's patience as they see the roadwork on the roadway and to give our guys plenty of space to do the work so we can all get through the season safely," said Koestner.

Potholes can be tedious to fill, but they can also do damage to your car.

Kwik Kar service supervisor Chris Carter said hitting the holes can affect your car's alignment, steering, suspension, tire wear, and balance.

Carter has tips if you have hit a pothole.

"Listen for any rattling noises or pulling of the steering wheel, or anything out of the ordinary that you don't normally feel whenever you drive," said Carter.

Carter said to straddle or avoid potholes as much as possible to reduce the wear and tear on your car.

If you see a pothole on a state road, you can alert MoDOT by emailing to, or calling 1-800-ASK-MODOT.