Knoxville, Knox County and TDOT prepared for potholes

Knoxville, Knox County and TDOT prepared for potholes

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The City of Knoxville is implementing new technology on the war on potholes by using what is called a thermal patcher. The City of Knoxville is implementing new technology on the war on potholes by using what is called a thermal patcher.
We typically get out within 24 to 48 hours to take care of a pothole," said City of Knoxville Public Service Director David Brace. We typically get out within 24 to 48 hours to take care of a pothole," said City of Knoxville Public Service Director David Brace.
"We average about one to two calls a day, and obviously we repair them that day or the next day because of the threat of vehicle damage," said Jim Snowden, deputy director of Knox County Engineering and Public Works. "We average about one to two calls a day, and obviously we repair them that day or the next day because of the threat of vehicle damage," said Jim Snowden, deputy director of Knox County Engineering and Public Works.

By BO WILLIAMS
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - For the last several months, a number of you have been contacting Streetwise about potholes in your area. That led us to wonder just how bad the problem has been this year.

The City of Knoxville is implementing new technology on the war on potholes by using what is called a thermal patcher.

Now, with another round of frigid temperatures and precipitation returning to the forecast, crews will be on the lookout once again for more trouble spots.

With that in mind, local crews, city and county, ay they are ready and will move quickly once the calls come in.

"We receive them and we typically get out within 24 to 48 hours to take care of a pothole. If it is an emergency where it's causing a health and safety issue, we send out a crew immediately, or an overnight shift if it is at night," said City of Knoxville Public Service Director David Brace.

"We average about one to two calls a day, and obviously we repair them that day or the next day because of the threat of vehicle damage," said Jim Snowden, deputy director of Knox County Engineering and Public Works. "Obviously, the hole may be an inch deep or six inches deep, so we want to get out their and repair it or at least lay eyes on it so if it is a potential hazard we get out their and repair it so that someone doesn't damage their vehicle."

The city, county and TDOT say there have been some roads or corridors that have been worse than last year, but overall the workload has been moderate so far.

TDOT says they are actually a little below last year's totals when it comes to patching.

Everyone agrees that could all change as we still have a month to go of winter.

If you need to report a pothole, in Knoxville call 311, in Knox County call (865) 215-5800, and for TDOT, call (865) 594-2400.

You can also call (865) 637-NEWS and ask for the Streetwise Hotline. We'll then pass your information on to the proper agency.

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