Pothole Predicament Plagues Rutherford County Roads After Winter Wallop

Jan 25, 2024 at 11:54 am by WGNS News

Above: Exaggerated example of a pothole

RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN - Recent icy and snowy weather, coupled with the strategic application of over 400 tons of salt in areas like Smyrna, has left Rutherford County roads pockmarked with potholes, creating a bumpy and sometimes vehicle-damaging ride for motorists. The challenges of navigating these newly formed craters have increased, prompting street crews in Murfreesboro to take swift action in the aftermath of the wintry conditions.


In Smyrna, where the impact of the weather and salt treatment was particularly felt, drivers find themselves engaged in a skillful dance of dodging potholes that have cropped up on roadways. The town, proactively addressing the icy conditions, witnessed the application of significant amounts of salt to keep the streets clear. However, the unintended consequence has been the proliferation of potholes, causing inconvenience to residents and commuters alike.

Murfreesboro's street crews, recognizing the need for prompt response, were also on high alert as cold weather struck the area. Prior to the ice forming on the city's roads, officials had announced a substantial stockpile of 1,500 tons of salt. However, with the recent wintry mix, this reserve has considerably diminished, reflecting the intensity of the weather conditions and the dedication of crews to keep the roads safe.

Understanding the mechanics of pothole formation provides insight into the challenges faced by road maintenance crews. Potholes often originate when water seeps into the road and freezes. The frozen water expands, pushing the pavement upward. Upon thawing, the pavement remains raised and out of place. When vehicles pass over it, the pavement collapses into the void left by the frozen water, creating the characteristic pothole.

Residents are urged to report potholes requiring attention to the respective Public Works Departments. In Smyrna, contact the Smyrna Public Works Department at 615-459-9766 during business hours (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday). In Murfreesboro, concerns can be addressed by calling the Street Department at 615-893-4380 during business hours (7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday - Friday). LaVergne's street department can be reached by dialing 615-793-9891. When dealing with potholes on state roads or interstates, motorists are encouraged to call the TDOT Road Repair Hotline at 833-TDOTFIX (836-8349), providing the approximate street address and nearest cross street for efficient resolution.

As Rutherford County copes with the aftermath of winter's icy grip, the collaboration between residents and local authorities becomes crucial in ensuring the swift repair of roadways and a smoother commute for all. Remain eagle-eyed of problematic roads and together, we can navigate these pothole-laden paths.


The State of Tennessee has reported how potholes are born HERE.


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