It's that time of year again! Virginia drivers are seeing potholes all over the place and should know what to do about them.

We've all been there -- You're driving along and suddenly you dip into a pothole that you just know damaged your tires. These seasonal road hazards are everywhere right now, and it's up to all of us to report them.

How do I report a pothole?

The short answer is that it depends on where the pothole is located. If it is on a major roadway that is a state-maintained road, you can call (800) FOR-ROAD or report the problem online here. Those work orders fall under the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), and they will send a team out.

If the pothole is located in a city, town, or Arlington or Henrico counties, call the department of public works in that locale.

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How are the potholes repaired?

In general, pothole repair is done by creating a wider, neater hole and layering adhesive with asphalt filler. Crews go back through with machinery to pound the material down and level it with the rest of the road. 

Why has a repaired pothole reappeared?

When water or snow gets into the cracks in the pavement and then freezes, it breaks apart asphalt surfaces. Even if a pothole was recently repaired, this process of melting and refreezing can loosen the asphalt pretty much anywhere. If enough potholes occur on a single stretch, the best thing you can do is repave the entire road!

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A bad pothole damaged my car; can I file a claim with VDOT?

All drivers have a right to file a claim for damage to a vehicle due to road conditions. These claims are handled on a case-by-case basis by VDOT investigators. Only if a pothole has been left unrepaired for an excessive amount of time are you likely to be reimbursed for your claim. To file a damage claim with VDOT, go to the VDOT website or call (800) FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623).

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