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MoDOT program asks motorists to report potholes

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Now that the worst of winter is apparently over, the Missouri Department of Transportation is enlisting the help of motorists in the effort to fill potholes on state-maintained roadways. Now that the worst of winter is apparently over, the Missouri Department of Transportation is enlisting the help of motorists in the effort to fill potholes on state-maintained roadways.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

Now that the worst of winter is apparently over, the Missouri Department of Transportation is enlisting the help of motorists in the effort to fill potholes on state-maintained roadways.

MoDOT officials say the goal is to fill potholes as quickly as possible once they are reported. Maintenance workers will use asphalt for a temporary fix until permanent repairs can be made.

If a pothole is large enough, it can tear up tires, axles and even your transmission. When trying to swerve or change lanes to avoid a pothole, a driver can wind up causing a crash.

This winter has been especially hard on roads, with rising-and-falling temperatures and a lot of snow and freezing rain that required massive amounts of road salt.

The goal is to get a pothole patched within 24 hours.

MoDOT crews are actively looking for potholes but they want the public's help too.

"We've been on potholes for the last seven weeks as things have been warming up and the freeze-thaw cycle has taken hold," said MoDOT's Chris Redline. "The potholes start growing first. What we do is we get a call and dispatch people who may already be out there or may dispatch a second crew to get those repaired."

Drivers reporting potholes can call 888-275-6636, or go to MoDOT's website or social media platforms. You can report via Twitter at https://twitter.com/MoDOT_KC.

For the Kansas Department of Transportation's Twitter account, go to https://twitter.com/KansasCityKDOT.

Here are telephone numbers for various cities in Missouri and Kansas City to report issues:

Grandview: 816-316-4856

Independence: 816-325-7624

Kansas City, MO: 816-513-9224 or 816-513-1313 or 311.

Kansas City, KS: 913-573-8307

Lee's Summit: 816-969-7754

Lenexa: 913-477-7880

Liberty: 816-792-6150

North Kansas City: 816-274-6004

Olathe: 913-971-6037

Overland Park: 913-895-5010

Raytown: 816-737-6044

Shawnee: 913-631-2500, ext. 230

The following are telephone numbers for state transportation agencies:

MoDOT: 1-888-ASK-MODOT (1-888-275-6636)

KDOT district offices:

Atchison: 785-486-2142

Brown: 785-486-2142

Doniphan: 785-486-2142

Douglas: 785-528-3128

Jackson: 785-296-2291

Jefferson: 785-296-2291

Lyon: 785-528-3128

Marshall: 785-456-2353

Nemaha: 785-486-2142

Osage: 785-528-3128

Pottawatomie: 785-456-2353

Riley: 785-456-2353

Shawnee: 785-296-2291

Wabaunsee: 785-528-3128

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