Road crews already have spent more than $1 million fixing potholes this winter season, and officials said that amount could climb much higher when the spring thaw arrives.
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If you see a pothole:
- You can report holes on state-maintained roads to the Ohio Department of Transportation via an online form found at www.dot.state.oh.us/damagereport.
- For holes on local roads, alert your city or county. Many city web sites have service request forms.
If you hit a pothole:
- If damage to the vehicle is $10,000 or less on a state-maintained road, drivers can file a complaint with the Ohio Court of Claims.
- Drivers have up to two years to file a claim with the state. More info can be found at www.cco.state.oh.us.
- Complainants will need documentation of the pothole, invoices for repairs and will need to prove the state was negligent in responding to the pothole.
- Those that want to file a claim for damages from a pothole on a non-state road may be able to do so in county or local small claims court.