MassDOT encourages drivers to report potholes

BOSTON (WPRI) – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation wants to know where they can find potholes.

MassDOT is asking for the public’s help in reporting locations on state roads so crews can make repairs as quickly as possible.

Officials say the recent fluctuation in temperatures has led to the formation of more potholes this winter.

“While the winter is not yet over, we want to make a proactive effort to reach out to drivers and ask them for their help,” said MassDOT Highway Administrator Frank DePaola.  “While we have crews out routinely patching potholes, we were able to expedite the scheduling of repairs with the public’s assistance.”

Crews can make two types of repairs depending on temperature and road conditions.  A temporary “cold patch” is used at lower temperatures during the winter while a hot mix asphalt is applied at higher temperatures as a long-term fix.

To report a pothole, drivers can call MassDOT’s Pothole Hotline at 857-DOT-INFO.

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