MADISON COUNTY and LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - Skies have cleared and the sun was shining brightly Monday, but cleanup efforts after Saturday's storms are far from over. The near-constant and dense rain took a toll on interstates across North Alabama. Several potholes and other divets jarred drivers as they traveled along Interstate 565. The Alabama Department of Transportation is working to fill those in.
DOT spokesperson Seth Burkett says the weather over the past month has been hard on the roads.
"Freezing, thawing, a lot of rain - you're going to see potholes," he explained. "We've certainly had all of those lately so we have a lot of potholes," he said.
As the potholes began to form, DOT crews weren't able to fix them right away since they can't repair them in the rain.
"If we put any cold mix down, it will just come right back out and potentially create a totally different hazard," he said.
As crews waited for the rain to stop several large potholes formed. One of the worst spots? I-565 heading east near the Research Park Boulevard exit.
They began working to fix this area Sunday.
"Most of that up to the exit was patched," he said.
DOT's priority will be patching potholes in highly trafficked areas. They are asking people to report potholes they see on their website. He says to make a report, go the 'travel information' tab and click on 'report a road concern'.
"Sometimes we may not be aware that potholes there until a motorist has the misfortune of striking one," he said.
Burkett says he hopes drivers will soon be able to enjoy smoother roads ahead.
He is asking drivers to pay attention to the road conditions and drive more slowly in areas that were affected by last week's rain.
Monday afternoon, ALDOT told WHNT News 19 crews would begin repairing potholes along I-565 in Huntsville after Monday's rush hour.
On Tuesday, ALDOT stated I-565 repairs would move into Limestone County, between I-65 and County Line Road. ALDOT advised motorists to expect single-lane closures in both directions between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.