The Pothole … Tennessee’s State Road System

The Pothole … Tennessee’s State Road System just like the iris is the State flower. Tennessee has it’s official State Road System. (Yea some humor was used in that statement.)

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Report TN Potholes

To report a pothole for repair, contact the appropriate Region Office or email [email protected]. Be sure to note the exact location including the route, mile marker, and any nearby cross streets or interchanges.

Region 1 Maintenance
Knoxville / Upper East TN
865.594.2408

Region 2 Maintenance
Chattanooga / East TN
423.892.3430

Region 3 Maintenance
Nashville / Middle TN
615.350.4300

Region 4 Maintenance
Jackson / West TN
731.935.0205

A pothole is also known as a sinkhole. Check out this massive sinkhole in Powell, TN.

Birth of a Pothole

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The Birth of a Pothole
– Step 1

Potholes begin after snow or rain seeps into the soil below the road surface.

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The Birth of a Pothole – Step 2

The moisture freezes when temperatures drop, causing the ground to expand and push the pavement up.

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The Birth of a Pothole
– Step 3

As the temperatures rise, the ground returns to normal level but the pavement often remains raised. This creates a gap between the pavement and the ground below it.

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The Birth of a Pothole
– Step 4

When vehicles drive over this cavity, the pavement surface cracks and falls into the hollow space leading to the birth of another pothole.

Tennessee Pot Hole Claims

If drivers hit a pothole and experience damage to their vehicle, they may submit a damage claim. Claims are investigated on a case-by-case basis through the Division of Claims Administration, an agency not associated with TDOT. Investigators review the circumstances, the type and location of the pothole, determine if TDOT had been previously notified of the issue, and if crews had been given a reasonable amount of time to repair the pothole.

Info about Pot Holes and how to report pot holes taken from TN website

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