The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet advises motorists that highway crews are utilizing this break in winter weather to address maintenance issues. This includes pavement items such as potholes.
The traveling public can expect to see maintenance operations for varied locations in District 7. Motorists should be prepared to slow down and/or stop when encountering a work zone.
Three factors produce potholes; excessive amounts of moisture beneath the pavement, the freezing/thawing cycle, and traffic volume. Potholes begin with water seeping into roadway cracks. The small cracks can then quickly become potholes.
Freezing and thawing temperatures cause pavement to expand and break apart. Potholes increase due to extreme cold temperatures and the amount of precipitation. A cold mix is used to repair potholes during winter months. Once spring arrives the potholes are repaired with a hot asphalt mix. The hot mix assists with smoothing out rough spots on the asphalt.
Pothole patching is a mobile operation —- motorists are advised to watch for signage and flashing arrows directing of the ongoing work.
Motorists in Kentucky may report a pothole for state routes through the following:
- Toll free: 1-877-FOR-KYTC (1-877-367-5982)
- Toll free: 1-800 PATCH IT (1-800-728-2448)