Joan Morris 703-259-1799

Jennifer McCord 703-259-1779


Jan. 13, 2014

Crews working to get roads patched quickly

NORTHERN VIRGINIA- Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews are out in full force patching potholes following recent winter storms. Patching operations are prioritized by pothole severity and location, with potholes on high-traffic roads filled within 24 hours of being reported.

Drivers should watch for crews and lane closures during off-peak hours.

Potholes form when moisture seeps into pavement, freezes, expands and thaws. This cycle weakens the pavement. The weight of traffic loosens the pavement and over time the pavement begins to crumble. 

To report a pothole, citizens should visit or call VDOT's Customer Service Center at 1-800–FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623). TTY users, call 711. Northern Virginia drivers can also e-mail

Crews in northern Virginia patch potholes on roads in Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun Counties. If the pothole is in a city, town, or Arlington County, please call the public works department in that location.

Safe driving tips, pothole patching videos and other useful information on potholes are also available on VDOT's website at

Information in VDOT news releases was accurate at the time the release was published. For the most current information about projects or programs, please visit the project or program Web pages. You may find those by searching by keyword in the search Virginia DOT box above.

Page last modified: Jan. 13, 2014