Dawn Eischen 804-524-6179
March 7, 2013
POST-STORM POTHOLE PATCHING UNDERWAY ACROSS RICHMOND
Crews focusing on high-traffic routes
COLONIAL HEIGHTS – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews and contractors were out in full force today patching potholes following yesterday’s winter storm. Both temporary and permanent pothole repairs are underway throughout the Richmond region, including some of the most heavily-traveled routes such as I-95, Route 288 and the Powhite Parkway (Route 76). Temporary repairs on interstates and major routes will be ongoing overnight and between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays as needed. Drivers can expect delays.
“Crews have been working throughout the winter to patch potholes,” said Rob Bowman, Richmond District maintenance manager. “The storm yesterday caused some new potholes to emerge, prompting us to dispatch crews this morning to make immediate repairs along the major routes.”
Potholes are typically repaired using a temporary material that can be applied quickly. This prevents the need for extensive lane closures and allows VDOT to quickly re-open travel lanes. Permanent repairs are frequently scheduled within two weeks, weather permitting.
VDOT’s Richmond District has budgeted approximately $10 million for pothole and pavement repairs for all routes for fiscal year 2013 (which runs from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013). This amount is separate from funds allocated for snow removal.
“We want to repair the potholes on these major routes as soon as possible to prevent driver inconvenience and avoid any potential safety hazards,” said Bowman. “If needed, VDOT will shift funds from lesser priority areas to cover pothole repairs.”
Potholes form when moisture seeps into the pavement and weakens the asphalt through a process of freezing and thawing with fluctuating temperatures. Eventually, traffic and constant weather changes cause the damaged area to crumble, creating a pothole. When the temperature rises, the moisture melts, further weakening the pavement.
Individuals are encouraged to report potholes to VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) or online at http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp. Safe driving tips, pothole patching videos, and other useful information on potholes is also available on VDOT's website at http://www.virginiadot.org/info/faq-potholes.asp.
VDOT’s Richmond District oversees maintenance (includes snow removal) and construction activities along interstates and primary and secondary routes in 14 counties in central Virginia: Amelia, Brunswick, Charles City, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico (primary routes only), Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, New Kent, Nottoway, Powhatan and Prince George counties.
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.