MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) - It`s prime time for potholes, moisture from the winter weather penetrates the pavement, and the cold temperatures freeze the moisture causing the pavement to expand creating potholes.
That`s why MoDOT launched its pothole patrol program Monday morning.
Last year more than 10,000 potholes were patched in the St. Louis area.
'We are expecting that this season will be a more busy pothole season than last year.'
Mechanics at Car Doc Automotive in Maryland Heights are also noticing the impact of potholes.
Mark Schenberg/Car-Doc Automotive: 'We are seeing a lot more bent wheels and cars knocked from hitting those holes.'
MoDOT officials are asking drivers who notice a pothole to give them a call at 1-888 ask MoDOT or report it online at modot.org.
Crews will attempt to cover potholes within a day of being notified. It`s dangerous work, so modot officials are also asking for driver`s help.
Becky Allmeroth/MoDOT: 'If you see flashing lights on the roadway it`s safe to assume that that is a pothole crew and they are stopped, so pay attention to that and for the safety of our crews.`'
Reporting in town and country Anthony Kiekow News 11.