By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A large pothole on Interstate 75 caused several problems for drivers this morning.
The right lane on I-75 South over Central Avenue Pike is now closed as the Tennessee Department of Transportation works to fill the pothole. It's near Emory Road, and you can actually see right through to the road beneath.
TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi says they didn't have any complaints about the pothole before this morning, after it damaged several cars.
"All of a sudden I hit the hole. I thought I was OK for a few minutes, then my tire started going down so I just pulled over," driver Linda Cates said.
"The car in front of us hit something, and we hit something right away. There was no time to react. It was a huge jolt. We could feel that at least one tire was out, so we pulled over and there was a whole stream of other cars with the same problem," driver Ted Maynard said.
Nagi says they first got the call around 6:30 this morning.
"It's a large pothole. It's around five feet in diameter. They are going to be removing the bad concrete. Eventually they are going to be pouring new quick fill concrete in that area," Nagi said.
From popped tires, to brake problems and more, drivers say the damage costs can add up.
"A new tire is probably $80 to $100, and that was actually a new one I just got maybe six months ago," Cates said.
"The tires cost $200. We don't know if that will have to be replaced or not," Maynard said.
When we asked if these drivers can be reimbursed, Nagi said, "There is something in place for people to file claims."
For more information on how to file a claim with TDOT, click here. For questions about claims, call TDOT at (615) 741-2734.
Because of the weather, Nagi says to expect to see more potholes.
"When you get freezing and thawing, a lot of precipitation and rain, and snow and sleet that gets into cracks in roadways, that's when potholes can occur. We're seeing a little bit more of them these past few weeks," Nagi said.
Nagi said it could take a few days for the pothole to be fixed. The right lane will remain closed during that time, but he says the other lanes of the overpass are safe to drive on.
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