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SCDOT takes aim at potholes. Here’s how you can report the ones you want fixed

Potholes cause major damage to South Carolina drivers

Rep. Gary Simrill and Rep. Todd Rutherford discuss the damage potholes cause to drivers in South Carolina and the need for road repairs in the state.
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Rep. Gary Simrill and Rep. Todd Rutherford discuss the damage potholes cause to drivers in South Carolina and the need for road repairs in the state.

South Carolina is known for having bad roads.

Without seeing a sign, a driver from another state will realize they’ve “crossed the border because the roads in South Carolina are so bad,” NPR reported.

And the roads have only gotten worse recently. An increased number of potholes have appeared following “weeks of heavy rainfall,” according to a tweet from the S.C. Department of Transportation, or SCDOT.

Potholes caused two-thirds of the damage to cars in claims filed since 2010, The State reported in 2017.



But the SCDOT wants to do something to solve the problem — and it wants your help.

“In order to help combat the pothole problem, SCDOT is launching a ‘Pothole Blitz’ across the state,” according to the agency’s tweet.

Maintenance crews will be out “repairing potholes across the state for the next several weeks,” SCDOT tweeted. The roads that are fixed could be ones you suggest to the SCDOT.

A hotline has been created where the public can report potholes, according to SCDOT’s Twitter feed. The number to call is 855-GO-SCDOT or 803-737-1200, and potholes can also be reported at the SCDOT’s website.

While the SCDOT wants the public’s help in finding roads to fix, it asks that you remain safe when making a report, meaning no texting or internet surfing while driving, according to its website.

Damage caused by Palmetto State roads is a serious problem. S.C. “has paid more than $48 million since 2010 to settle claims of personal injury and vehicle damage caused by the state’s failing roads,” The State reported.

In the winter, potholes are a constant challenge for drivers. This video from the Utah Department of Transportation shows how potholes form because of winter weather.

Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.

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