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April 15, 2019 |  By: Ryan Elliot

Freezing/Thawing cycle made for worse damage this year

It was a harsh winter in Northwest Missouri. Heavy snowfall and bitter cold temperatures have caused issues with potholes on roads.
Area Engineer with the Missouri Department of Transportation Adam Watson says the potholes are due to the freezing and thawing of moisture in the roads.

"With the rain or with the snow at the same time, that's the part that really - it's like putting a soda can in the freezer -  it blows out and then it thaws up and it cools down.  Then we see the mess so we take it out and clean it out, stick a new soda can in and the next day it froze, so 'oh, darn it!'  So we had a lot of repeated damage from it being able to freeze moisture.  Last year it was a little dryer so we didn't have so much damage.  We had a lot more damage to the roads from the freezing/thawing cycle this year.  So yeah, the potholes are going to be worse."

MoDOT is encouraging drivers to be patient as they try to repair both the potholes and damage from recent flooding in Northwest Missouri.  For more information visit or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT.