CHICAGO (CBS)– The Illinois Department of Transportation announced the start of expressway pothole patching operations throughout Cook County and neighboring areas.

The repairs will begin Thursday and Friday during non-peak travel items. According to IDOT, this operation may cause “brief, intermittent lane closures.”

IDOT representatives credited the rain, snow and freezing temperatures with the increase in potholes.

State highway users can report potholes at or by calling 1-800-452-4368, according to IDOT.