Governor Bob McDonnell Thursday directed the Virginia Departmentof Transportation to focus efforts during March on patching thethousands of potholes giving motorists bumpy reminders of the hardwinter.
Following the directive, VDOT says it will make pothole repairits top priority between March 1 and March 31. According to theagency, it will use state crews and contractors to conduct apothole blitz aimed at quickly identifying and repairing roadwayhazards.
VDOT and Gov. McDonnell is also asking for citizen's help toidentify potholes as they form to speed repairs.
"Motorists traveling across Virginia know best where the worstpotholes lie. We want citizens to help us identify potholes as theyform so that VDOT crews can quickly be dispatched to make repairs,"McDonnell said. "VDOT crews, state police and contractors reportpotholes as they travel for their duties. This March, we are askingfor citizen’s help to identify these hazards. All Virginianscan be a part of this Pothole Blitz so we can work together toimprove everyone’s safety and comfort as they travel throughour great Commonwealth."
To report a pothole on state-maintained roads, which includeinterstate highways and most primary and secondary roads, citizensshould visit www.VirginiaDOT.org or call VDOT’s HighwayHelpline at 800-367-7623 (ROAD). TTY users, call 711.
VDOT repairs potholes on state-maintained roads only. Localgovernments are responsible for repairing potholes on citystreets.
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