Hoosier highways have been wracked by potholes caused by this winter’s record snowfall, low temperatures and repeated freeze-thaw cycles that, combined, have created the perfect storm for producing potholes. Governor Mike Pence yesterday announced the state, through the efforts of the Indiana Department of Transportation, is taking action to repair state roadways.
Because temperatures are too low for paving, most hot mix asphalt plants in the state close during the winter, making it hard to get the necessary materials to repair the roads. However, INDOT is currently working to acquire additional materials to temporarily patch roadways, including cold mix asphalt, liquid asphalt emulsion and crushed stone. As soon as weather permits, additional resources will be deployed—using supplemental crews and working additional hours and shifts—to repair as many roads as quickly as possible.
With more than 30,000 lane miles to maintain statewide coupled with persistent winter weather, crews have been dedicated in removing ice and snow and have worked to patch potholes in between storms. Even after being filled with cold patch, the same pothole can require ongoing maintenance and can reopen several times throughout winter.
Hoosiers are encouraged to report locations of potholes on Indiana interstates, U.S. highways and state roads by calling 1-866-849-1DOT or go to www.potholes.indot.in.gov. They may also report potholes to @INDOTpotholes on Twitter.