Mar 5, 2024 - News

Chart shows scale of pothole repairs following winter storm in Tennessee

Data: Tennessee Department of Transportation; Note: Data reflects hot- and cold-mix asphalt used on interstates and state routes; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: Tennessee Department of Transportation; Note: Data reflects hot- and cold-mix asphalt used on interstates and state routes; Chart: Axios Visuals

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has seen its use of asphalt skyrocket as crews across the state scramble to fill potholes left behind by January's deadly winter storm.

By the numbers: The agency reported laying 3.1 million pounds of asphalt in January and 5.1 million pounds in February.

  • In comparison, crews used about 2 million pounds of asphalt in January 2023 and nearly 2.6 million pounds in February 2023.

The latest: Repairs are ongoing this month. More permanent repairs are expected in the spring and summer when more plants are producing hot-mix asphalt, which works better in the long term than the cold-mix alternative.

  • Repaving might be necessary in some of the roughest spots.

The big picture: TDOT handles potholes on interstates and state routes while the Nashville Department of Transportation oversees work on local roads. NDOT has reported filling 11,952 local potholes since Jan. 1.

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