You weren’t imagining it; potholes were in fact horrible this winter along I-440. But the state said the problem should be short lived.
“This has been the worst year for potholes,” said Kathryn Schulte, the Region 3 spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Transportation, citing freezing temperatures and February’s 10 inches of rainfall as contributing factors. “It really just gave us pothole problems everywhere.”
When patching potholes on I-440 this year, TDOT had to use cold mix patches, which Schulte said only served as a temporary solution. Asphalt factories reopened in March, allowing TDOT to return to hot mix patches that provided better sealing.
“With the concrete on 440, [cold mix] patches really don't hold for very long,” she continued. “There were a couple weekends that TDOT had to go out and patch them in the rain, and because some of them didn’t hold, we were out there less than 24 hours later.”
TDOT placed longer asphalt patches on the roughest parts last month, which Schulte said will provide temporary relief until 440’s reconstruction project begins this summer. The project involves replacing concrete with asphalt, adding a third lane is some places and widening the bridges over I-65 to three lanes in both directions.
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