Watch out! Potholes around Knoxville

Knoxville (WVLT) -- Winter weather afflicts our cars with an illness no medicine or bed rest can cure.

The pot-hole season is upon us, or soon will be.

Volunteer TV's Gordon Boyd has more on how city, county and state road crews will battle the elements.

Knox County Public Works see the troubles up close right out the front gate.

Of course, Baxter Avenue is a city street, and that's Knoxville's problem.

Which, of course, is part of the challenge; figuring out who's responsible for what.

Try most any road well-traveled.

You need not drive far to find things that go bump:

Strawberry Plains resident Gail McMillan says, "Worse than bad."

In the light or the night.

East Knox County resident Todd Washburn says, "Especially where I live, on the East Side."

Knoxville resident Debbie Mutta says, "I know there's a lot out there, but I've not run into any."

Brace yourselves

Jim Snowden with Knox County Engineering & Public Works says, "With it being warm yesterday, and somewhat cold today, and some rain, this is the prime time for a pothole to occur."

Or for that crack to become a crevice.

Or cavern

Snowden says, "Typically, we average about 8 to 10 a month."

Five years ago, Knox County was averaging a lot more in its 17 hundred miles of pavement.

Snowden says, "Primarily, it's because we're paving roads to the magnitude of 50 to 75 miles per year. The majority of Knox County roads are being in better condition and they're not having the chance to form potholes."

Washburn says, "It is a little better, they've fixed some of them."

Thank the bags of cold patch, for a lot of that.

Snowden says, "You put it in a hole and just tamp over it with a truck a time or two, and there it is -- good to go, for a month or so."

But it adds up

The past month and a half , T-DOT has dropped about 20 tons of hot and cold patch fixes in Knox County.

That's not counting the chugholes in the Smart Fix sections of I-40.

Fixing those is the contractors job.

McMillan says, "I know where they're at, so I avoid em."

Call Gail McMillan the pothole pessimist.

But Knoxville, Knox County and T-DOT all tell us, "They've got these numbers out there, and they'll come fix em if you take the time to call em in. Maybe I'll look for the number again and call em."

Remember, the tires and suspension you save may be your own.

Knoxville and Knox County have direct line numbers to public works.

Operators should be able to tell you whether it's a city or county street, and re-direct you if you've misdialed.

Here are some helpful numbers:

Knox County Public Works (865) 215-5800
Knoxville Public Works (865) 215-6000


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