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After brutal winter weather, MoDOT crews are ready to repair St. Joseph potholes

Road crews believe there will be more potholes that are needing repairs this year, compared to last years total.

Posted: Feb 23, 2021 5:55 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2021 10:03 AM

(ST.JOSEPH, Mo) Potholes are a problem for many in St. Joseph.

"There's always a ton of potholes," said St. Joseph resident Jesseca Lasley.

Brutal February weather isn't helping road crews trying to fill them, and drivers who are trying to avoid them. 

"I know they're doing the best that they can do to try and get to them," said Lasley. "With the weather it just tears their work down but it also tears our cars up."

A recent warm-up allowed road crews to do some much needed work.

"Once it started to get a little warm, we set up a pothole crew in St. Joe. It's normally a 4 person crew. They start off checking off the interstate and then work down through the major highways, and then the lower volume roads. We are definitely seeing the potholes," said MoDOT District Engineer Chris Redline.

But despite crews starting work right away, they think that there will be more repairs this year compared to last year's total. 

"From what I'm seeing I think that there will probably be a few more repairs in the St. Joe area than last year. The good news we have some projects coming to fix those sections of road. They just aren't coming soon enough," said Redline.

While waiting for those projects, some roads are going to need more focus than others.

I-229 and St. Joseph Avenue are some of the roads that are getting more attention.

These routes may take a little longer, but there is hope that crews will be able to get it done.

"I know that they can do it. It would be so nice to not have potholes all around," said Lasley.

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