Pothole problems: SCDOT needs your help reporting issues on Upstate road


Chances are you may be seeing a few more pot holes on your way to and from work lately.
All that rain we had a few weeks back did a number on upstate roads.

It’s awful to be caught on the side of the road with a flat tire from a pothole… and it’s so easy for us to blame road crews or our state and local government.

But the truth is, they have crews and money dedicated for daily upkeep they just need you to report what you see on the roads. 

If your commute has been a bit more bumpy lately, you’re not alone.

“I hit a pothole and my tire exploded. Had a baby in the car with me.  We had to pull over on the side.  It was pouring rain, it was freezing,” said Dyllan Morgan.

Dylan Morgan says it happened two weeks ago… when the Upstate had 4 days of almost non-stop rain… that fueled quite a few sob stories.

It’s behind the uptick in pothole related tire repairs at many shops… Even the owner of Tire Corral fell victim last week.

“85 it’s been raining.  Boom ya. Pot holes.  Right at number 9.  Look at the exit by number 9 so I was able to pull of, pull to the side of the road and come to my shop and get it done.  Everybody doesn’t have that luxury.”

That’s why SCDOT crews have recently beefed up pot hole repairs. 

“After the event of a bad storm or something and there’s a lot of potholes, we will have a pot hole blitz where the whole yard will be focused on getting all the potholes filled for that day,” said James Woodward with SCDOT in Spartanburg County.

Road crews also rely on you to fill out this online form or call them if you see a pothole, or call 1-855-GO-SC DOT (855-467-2368).

NOTE: The DOT will only pay for damage to your car if that location has already been reported. 

And the DOT makes quick work of it.  7News crews have been hitting a pothole on Business I-85 Northbound for the past few days and we called and reported it.  DOT said they plan to fix it in 24 hours just like the rest of the ones on the reported list.

“That’s good to know,” said Morgan.

Morgan says that’s likely the same pothole that caused his blowout.  He’s hoping no one else gets stranded. 

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