Memphis to repair all potholes within 5 days

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - City of Memphis announced a bold plan Thursday to completely fix one of the biggest headaches left behind by the snow and ice.

Water from melting snow can cause major damage to roads, including opening up potholes.

Freezing, thawing, salt, and sand – these conditions combined are wreaking havoc on roads, creating potholes that can seriously damage your car.

"I've been out driving and observed an increase already from the snow and ice conditions," said City of Memphis Public Works Director Robert Knecht.

With snow still on the ground, the city hasn't started filling them yet.

"We have not been able to fix any potholes," Knecht said. "The conditions have been such that we couldn't even put any asphalt down right now if we so chose in those conditions."

That's going to change quickly. The city has spent $300,000 treating roads since the ice and snow started. Every crew that's been salting and sanding will soon be on pothole duty.

"We'll be moving those crews out of those trucks and forming those pothole crews," Knecht said. "We have almost all of our crews who are engaged in other business will be assigned to that duty."

The city is holding themselves to their own promise. They want to fill every pothole within five days after they are first reported. You can report potholes at this website.

TDOT officials said they will also be patching potholes after days of clearing snow and ice from roads. It could take several days before all of the potholes along the interstate system are patched.

If you see a crew on the roads, move over and give them space.

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