Middle Tennessee roads riddled with potholes after winter blast

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Icy roads are not the only thing drivers are up against after the winter blast. Potholes are popping up all over Middle Tennessee.

Driver Courtney Hastrich explained to News 2 what happened to her while she was driving down Interstate 40.

“I nailed the biggest pothole. It shook the whole car. I went right to the side and saw that all those cars were stopped because they all hit the same pothole,” said Hastrich.

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Potholes are popping up all over Middle Tennessee.

When she spoke to News 2, Hastrich had been sitting in the car repair shop for hours.

Damages could run up to $1,000.

“Out of pocket expenses that probably won’t get covered,” she said.

On Sunday, the Tennessee Department of Transportation was helping three stranded drivers who all hit the same pothole on Trinity Lane.

Motorist Ben White told News 2 what happened to him.

“There were about two lanes, about two car lengths distance, of nothing but pot holes. It just came all of sudden and there was no way to avoid it. I just hit it straight on,” said White.

TDOT is working tirelessly but an already fatigued staff has what seems like an endless amount of potholes to repair.

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Potholes are popping up all over Middle Tennessee.

If you hit a pothole, it can be a rough road to recover any damages from the state; but there is a procedure in place.

You can submit a damage claim to the Division of Claims Administration and investigators will review the circumstances.

Hastrich said plans to file a claim after looking into the procedure.

“You have to get like two estimates, so I will have to get one here, then I’ll have to go somewhere else to get one. Then I have to file a bunch of paperwork. So, I will do it, but it will take some time,” she said.

To report a needed pothole repair, contact your TDOT region office. Click here for more information.

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