Potholes and sinkholes plague East Tennessee

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MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- After weeks of rain, snow and ice, potholes have shown up in large numbers across East Tennessee roads--and it could be a while before they go away.

Mark Nagi with TDOT said crews are out patching pot holes every day, but during cold weather they are hard to permanently fix.

"We understand it's a major inconvenience for the motoring public," Nagi said. "We drive those roads every day, but just know that our crews are out there every day to get the potholes patched. When the weather warms, we can have a more permanent patch."

The potholes are not the only problem. A sinkhole opened up in a Morristown parking lot. The business on property did not want to be identified, but said the hole had been filled before.

Nagi said potholes have caused problems across the region, and drivers need to be cautious.

Meanwhile, manager of David's Tire Matthew Porterfield said business is steady with customers coming in with flat tires. Portfield said the cost can be expensive because some of the potholes have caused severe damage beyond a flat tire.

"You go anywhere from $300 to $1,000, depending on how bad the damage is. It does get quite expensive," Porterfield said.

The Local 8 News team drove several miles Monday to find problem areas. Many potholes appeared to be around I-640 near Cherry Hill exit.

Mark Nagi said much of I-75 towards Campbell County looked to be in good shape after weekend storms.