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Potholes plague Upstate roads, cause damage

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Recent bad weather and aging roads are causing potholes to pop up on Upstate roads, according to the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

Jason Allison with the SCDOT says older, cracked roads are more vulnerable to potholes.

"I think we at the DOT have some of the oldest pavement," Allison said. "Small cracks, water gets into them, it freezes, it expands and it creates a bigger crack and expands on itself."

Allison says the DOT has been flooded with reports of potholes both by telephone and by the department's online reporting form.

Allison said once a pothole is reported, crews try patching it within 48 hours. But Allison says maintaining major roads with high volumes of traffic is difficult.

"Heavy trucks, things of that nature, will bring a pothole back to life within days," said Allison.

Law enforcement said one major trouble spot is I-85 between mile markers 63 and 66 in Spartanburg County. Tow truck companies in the area say they have been towing lots of cars with flat tires on that stretch of road.

Allison says if your car is damaged by a pothole, you can fill out a claim and submit it. You may be reimbursed for the damages. Allison says each case is reviewed individually.

Allison says since the end of January, 70 damage claims have been filed to the DOT in the Upstate.

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