TDOT works to fix potholes after winter weather

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Recent winter weather caused some problems for East Tennesseans, but but one of the biggest issues lately is potholes.

Many viewers have contacted WATE 6 On Your Side to talk about the pothole problem after last week’s snow, specifically on Interstate 40 in West Knoxville. People wanting to know why the potholes keep opening back up and what’s taking so long to fix them.

“We understand there’s going to be potholes out there. This is the time of year you’re going to get them. we ask that folks are patient. We understand there’s frustration when you go over a pothole. Just know our crews are out there every single day, sometimes into the evening patching these potholes,” said Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi.

If you hit a pothole and it causes significant damage to your car, you can file a claim with the Tennessee Division of Claims Administration. After that, the state has 90 days to either approve or deny a claim.

If you come across a pothole, you can report it to TDOT by emailingtdot.comments@tn.gov or calling 865-594-2400.

Nagi says TDOT several resurfacing projects are on track for 2016 in Knox County:

  • Norris Freeway from Anderson County Line to Heiskell Road
  • Emory Road from near Holly Crest lane to North of Maynardville Highway
  • Kingston Pike from Towanda Trail to Neyland Drive
  • Western Avenue from Texas Avenue to Henley Street
  • I-40 from Papermill to ramp to I-75/I-640

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