VDOT: Potholes problematic in Hampton Roads

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Indian River Road in Virginia Beach Saturday afternoon. (Justin Belichis)
Indian River Road in Virginia Beach Saturday afternoon. (Justin Belichis)

Drivers making their way across Hampton Roads should watch out for potholes created by winter weather.

The Virginia Department of Transportation is working to fill potholes on interstates, primary and secondary roads. Potholes can become especially problematic during winter when there’s snow and ice on the ground and the temperatures are fluctuating.

Potholes are created when water seeps into the pavement and refreezes, creating cracks in the road. When the ice underneath the pavement melts it softens the pavement, creating potholes as vehicles pass over it, according to VDOT.

VDOT is asking drivers to report potholes when they see them by calling the Customer Care Center at 1-888-FOR-ROAD or by visiting my.vdot.virginia.gov.

VDOT doesn’t keep a running tally of the potholes they’ve fixed. VDOT spokesman Dave Forster said that the agency fixes potholes using the district’s $100 million maintenance budget.

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@southsidedaily.com.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.