Use social media to report potholes to Iowa DOT #IAFillUsIn
While warmer temperatures are always welcome after a particularly cold winter, the recent fluctuating temperatures, ample moisture, and aging pavements are keeping the Iowa Department of Transportation, as well as county and city road crews, busy fixing potholes and addressing other structural damage to our streets, roads, and bridges.
Iowa DOT crews travel our state’s highways regularly, but we can’t be everywhere all the time. That’s where you come in. If you see a pothole on an interstate or state highway, let us know on Facebook www.facebook.com/iowadot or Twitter www.twitter.com/iowadot using the hashtag #IAFillUsIn. Be sure to provide specific location information so we can find the pothole in question. For potholes on streets or county roadways, contact the local city administrator /engineer or county engineer.
Potholes are mostly caused by moisture getting into or underneath pavement. During the late winter/early spring freeze and thaw periods, moisture causes the asphalt or concrete material to shift, buckle, or fracture. Vehicles traveling over these weakened areas dislodge the pavement material, leaving those dreaded potholes. Potholes can also occur on previously patched pavements where friction from activities such as snow removal dislodges the old patches.
In a typical year, the Iowa DOT spends approximately $4 million on repairing pot holes. When the weather is cooler, the repairs are sometimes temporary until more permanent warm-weather patching materials can be used.
So whether you see a crew out patching a pothole or doing other work this construction season, use caution whenever you see flashing lights and always move over or slow down for your family, friends, and neighbors working to keep you safer on Iowa’s highways.
For questions specific to your geographic area, contact:
- Central Iowa (Ames) – Lance Starbuck, 515-239-1634 or [email protected]
- North central and northeast Iowa (Mason City) – Randy Taylor, 641-423-8516 or [email protected]
- Northwest Iowa (Sioux City) – Todd Huju, 712-274-5825 or [email protected]
- Southwest Iowa (Atlantic) – Jim Bane, 712-243-7623 or [email protected]
- Southeast Iowa (Fairfield) – Jeff Owen, 641-472-6142 or [email protected]
- East central Iowa (Cedar Rapids) – Jeff Tjaden, 319-365-3558 or [email protected]
Turning Northbound onto hwy 27 from GreenHill large pothole at that corner and another further north of university ave exit
Posted by: Shannon | 04/25/2023 at 06:22 PM
Large crack across the on ramp to hwy 65/5 bypass north bound
Posted by: Chris | 03/28/2023 at 03:17 PM
Large pothole in turn lane turning onto NW 5th St coming north on NW Polk City Dr.
Posted by: Madison Schaefer | 02/24/2023 at 09:42 AM
Multiple large potholes on both N & S ramps exit 93 off 218.
Posted by: TS | 02/23/2023 at 01:52 PM
Large pothole on SE 14th St just south of University Ave DSM southbound inside lane.
Posted by: Jamie Smith | 02/22/2023 at 03:17 PM
Lots of potholes on I80 eastbound from the east mixmaster to the Altoona exits.
Posted by: Chris Holt | 02/07/2023 at 09:27 AM
Thanks Rachel, I've forwarded your concern to the supervisor in that area.
Posted by: Tracey Bramble (Iowa DOT) | 02/01/2023 at 10:52 AM
There is a sunken manhole that could definitely cause significant damage to vehicles in the middle of the roadway on highway 44 where it meets Little Beaver in Grimes (across from the Sol Agave restaurant). Thank you!
Posted by: Rachel | 02/01/2023 at 10:49 AM
Thanks for the heads up. I have reached out to the supervisor in that area.
Posted by: Tracey Bramble (Iowa DOT) | 07/06/2022 at 12:33 PM
Lots of large pot holes on the exit and entrance ramps where hwy 5/65 bypass meet I-80 by Altoona.
Posted by: Chris Holt | 06/30/2022 at 04:05 AM
There is a deep pothole on I-80 in the right lane heading east between the Iowa River and the Dubuque Steet exit.
Posted by: Clint Krabbenhoft | 06/21/2020 at 08:31 PM
Hwy 30 in Clarence, IA directly across from Casey's in Clarence at 92 Lombard, Snow plows tore up entry to driveway, need filler in holes it created.
Posted by: Aaron Koth | 04/10/2020 at 09:37 PM
Heading north on 218 just before you enter Washburn on the last bridge the black top is heaved and pothole. Driving over it causes the vehicle to jump and swerve! Please have someone look at it and would like it to be ground down and filled before a motorcycle or someone with a stiff suspension has a accident.
Posted by: Kendall Daniels | 04/08/2020 at 09:57 AM
pothole as you're getting on the exit of North 29 in front of the play house not sure the exit before the bridge thank you
Posted by: Darcy Schwenk | 03/25/2020 at 06:41 AM
Eastbound Hwy 92 in Pottawattamie county has a speed bump west of 214th Street. Also the eastbound lines on both sides of the bridge going over I29 send you airborne at speeds below the posted limit.
Posted by: Jayrod | 12/30/2019 at 03:05 PM