Mayor Chris Beutler has directed the Public Works and Utilities Department to shift resources to increase pothole repair in the City. About 50 City employees are repairing potholes today, more than double the 15 to 20 employees normally assigned to repair. Public Works and Utilities officials say repairs will take two to three days, with crews working 10-hour shifts. This is the City's second pothole surge this winter. The first at the end of December resulted in the repair of more than 2,000 potholes.
"Potholes are more than an inconvenience, they can be costly and dangerous," Mayor Beutler said. "I have signed an emergency declaration, which allows for mandatory overtime, and we are preparing to deploy additional resources including Parks and Recreation staff. I urge the public to drive very carefully in the vicinity of the crews who are working to make our streets safer."
Crews repair potholes all year, but the City has experienced three significant snow storms since the last pothole surge. Those storms and the recent freeze-thaw cycle have created the ideal conditions for potholes to form. Crews began repairing the most hazardous potholes Friday as they finished snow plowing operations. They will focus first on repairing potholes on the main arterials. The City has plenty of material for the pothole repair, and staff from the Water and Wastewater divisions will be used to help deliver the material. Pothole repair will continue throughout the winter, and permanent road rehabilitation will resume in the spring as usual.
Potholes and other non-emergency street problems can be reported in four ways:
Those reporting emergency situations should always use 911.