How to Report Road Hazards

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Road hazards can be dangerous to drivers if they go unreported. These hazards include pot holes, large cracks in the road, debris in the road, rotting trees hanging over the road and anything else that endanger driving conditions. State and local agencies are responsible for maintaining the condition of the roads. It's a good idea to report road hazards to the proper agencies to protect other drivers.

Things You'll Need

  • Notebook
  • Pen
  • Camera
  • Cell phone
  • Pull the vehicle off of the road to a safe location. Write down the type of road hazard with a pen and a notepad. If the road hazard is damage to the road itself, write down the estimated length and width of the damage and if the damage is excessive or not.

  • Inspect the general location of the road hazard. Write down any mile markers, street signs, addresses or landmarks to give the proper agencies an accurate description of where the road hazard is located. Take pictures of the road hazard if necessary to provide further documentation.

  • Drive home and contact your county's supervisor's board. Look in your local phone book or go online to find the proper contact information.

  • Report the road hazard to the county supervisor's office. Provide the information you wrote down. The supervisor's office will let you know whether or not it is a county road or a state road. If the road is a state road, contact the state Department of Transportation.

  • Call the Department of Transportation office in your area and report the same road hazard information that you reported to the county supervisors office.

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