The Pothole Hunter is here, VDOT raises awareness about area potholes

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RICHMOND, Va. -- The Pothole Hunter is here! The Virginia Department of Transportation is using "spokesperson", Phil Itkwik the Pothole Hunter, to raise awareness about potholes in the area.

"VDOT crews, contractors and I have potholes in our sights,” said Itkwik. “We’re working to repair them to keep roadways as safe as possible, but it helps to have extra eyes on the roads."

Some Virginia roads have seen an increase in potholes on roadways, especially since January's big snowstorm.  Drivers say they're worried the potholes will damage their cars.

"I try to duck them as much as I can ," James Russell said. "Sometimes you can’t see them until the last minute and it’s hard to swerve by them."

"It's a problem. I've lost some tires to them," Adamma Udwu said.

“Because potholes present a safety issue for motorists, VDOT crews are focused on repairing potholes as quickly as possible,” said VDOT Commissioner Charles Kilpatrick.

Cold weather is a factor that contributes to potholes which causes pavement to weaken over time, especially when more cars are on the roads.

VDOT is encouraging those that see potholes on area roadways to report them:

  • Use VDOT’s  online form to report potholes and other road problems.
  • Click on “Report a Road Problem” in the top right corner of http://www.virginiadot.org
  • Call 800-367-7623 (800-FOR-ROAD) 24 hours a day to reach VDOT’s customer service center to report road hazards or ask road-related questions.
  • Visit the  potholes web page for more information.