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Large potholes creating headaches on EB I-64 near Ikea

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Potholes on I-64 near Vandeventer (Credit: KMOV) Potholes on I-64 near Vandeventer (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – Three very big potholes are creating headaches for drivers on eastbound Interstate 64 in St. Louis.

The potholes were seen in the middle lane of the interstate near Vandeventer, close to Ikea, Wednesday morning. These potholes were just a few of several popping up throughout the metro, including Midtown, I-44 & Shrewsbury, I-55 & Germania and several bridges and overpasses. "We get a call about every 5 minutes," said Mark Coarkin, the Asst. District Engineer with MoDOT.

MoDOT officials working to repair each pothole throughout the city and county within 24 hours of being reported. However, MoDOT admits these repairs are not quality or long term because of the recent temperatures. Coarkin says asphalt doesn't hold well when the ground is cold and wet. "That ice, pothole, ice is very difficult to get anything to stay," said Coarkin. 

"They are what I call 'Car Killers,'" said Yvonne Connor, an Uber driver in the St. Louis area. She says all the potholes are making her extra cautious when she's driving passengers around the city. "You don't want to have an Uber rider in your car and hit one of those potholes," said Connor.

"Getting off 40 and Grand Ave. right here, there's a couple of really bad potholes, probably like 4-5 in. deep, some of them are," said Matthew Turner, a driver.

Coarkin says the potholes that formed on I-64 were unusually large, but they are not as deep as they appear. "It really is just a little bit less than 2 inches, I know it feels more when you're driving," said Coarkin. 

With winter weather continuing in the forecast, with freezing rain and ice accumulation, MoDOT says drivers should not expect potholes to go away or stay filled for now. 

"It's just a hassle, you got to swerve out of the way or you're going to pop your tire," said Turner.

To report a pothole that needs to be filled in your area call, 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636)

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