Pellissippi Parkway pothole causing headaches for drivers

Pellissippi Parkway pothole causing headaches for drivers

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The pothole is on the exit ramp from northbound Pellissippi Parkway to Hardin Valley Road. The pothole is on the exit ramp from northbound Pellissippi Parkway to Hardin Valley Road.
"It's been there for quite some time. When you're exiting the ramp, you need to make sure you're not carrying speed into the ramp too much. You will hit it.," said Scott Pegram. "It's been there for quite some time. When you're exiting the ramp, you need to make sure you're not carrying speed into the ramp too much. You will hit it.," said Scott Pegram.
"I just hit one this morning on Pellissippi Parkway. I thought it was going to knock the front end of my car off," said Dan Edmunds. "I just hit one this morning on Pellissippi Parkway. I thought it was going to knock the front end of my car off," said Dan Edmunds.
"If the public does see a pothole on a state route or interstate let us know about it," said TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi. "If the public does see a pothole on a state route or interstate let us know about it," said TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - We are coming into the season for potholes. Cycles of wet and freezing weather do damage to the roadways, and in turn, it can damage your car, or at least your nerves.

A driver named Joey wrote 6 News in an email to check out what he called a "huge and dangerous pothole".

The pothole is on the exit ramp from northbound Pellissippi Parkway to Hardin Valley Road.

People who have businesses nearby say it is a problem.

"I am aware of it," said Knoxville Bicycle Company owner Scott Pegram. "It's been there for quite some time. When you're exiting the ramp, you need to make sure you're not carrying speed into the ramp too much. You will hit it."    

This pothole is not the only issue with drivers on Pellissippi Parkway.

"I've been noticing more and more," said driver Dan Edmunds. "I just hit one this morning on Pellissippi Parkway. I thought it was going to knock the front end of my car off."

If you do find a big pothole that is causing problems like the one off Pellissippi Parkway, it is important to report it.

"If the public does see a pothole on a state route or interstate let us know about it," said TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi.

TDOT officials say they cover 9,000 miles of roads in East Tennessee. They rely on the public to notify them when there is a problem.

Unfortunately during the winter, it is sometimes hard to do a permanent fix.

"There can be temporary patchwork, but the weather really needs to warm up before a more permanent solution can take place," said Nagi.

So for now, if you see one of these gigantic potholes, call TDOT or your county highway department, and do your best to drive around.    

If you live in Knox County you can call the public works department to report a pothole at (865) 215-5800. They say they will evaluate the pothole within 24 hours and repair as needed.

You can contact TDOT about potholes by visiting their website.

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