City of Lincoln
2016 Media Releases
- January 8, 2016
- For More Information Contact:
- Ty Barger, Public Works and Utilities, 402-441-8422
City Street Crews Tackle Potholes With New Equipment
Mayor praises work of street crews
City street crews have focused on pothole repair this week, aided by new equipment that increases productivity and extends the life of the repairs. Public Works and Utilities crews have filled more than 3,500 potholes around the City this week. Earlier this week, the Department transferred staff from other maintenance duties to pothole repair, bringing the number of workers assigned to potholes to about 45.
"We know that the onset of Nebraska winter weather creates potholes," said Mayor Beutler. "This year, our hard working crews have new tools and technologies to speed repairs across the community. I want to commend our crews and managers for their efforts and encourage motorists to watch for road crews and drive carefully in repair zones."
Two new types of equipment, purchased with funds remaining from the Antelope Valley Project, are now in operation:
- One poly patching machine uses a process that extends the life of repairs from weeks or months to as long as five years.
- Four truck-mounted spray-patchers enable four workers to do the work of ten.
Other new pothole repair equipment purchased with remaining Antelope Valley Project funds includes:
- Two loader-mounted milling machines, which grind old and damaged asphalt several times faster than previous millers.
- Two mini-asphalt pavers to allow for much faster permanent repairs.
- Two larger asphalt rollers for improved compaction over previous rollers.
- An emulsion storage and distribution system to support spray-patchers.
Public Works and Utilities officials want to remind residents that potholes and other non-emergency street problems can be reported in four ways:
- Call the Pothole Hotline at 402-441-7646. If that line is full, callers can use the Neighborhood Hotline at 402-441-6300.
- Call the Street Maintenance Division of Public Works and Utilities at 402-441-7701. Street problems requiring immediate action should be reported to this number.
- Use the online form available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: pothole).
- Use your mobile phone to send a photo to the City's ACTION center. The free application can be found in the Android Market and iTunes store (search for "Lincoln Action Center"). The message will automatically include GPS (global positioning system) information. This app should never be used while driving, and residents should never put themselves in danger to take a photo for the ACTION center.
Those reporting emergency situations should always use 911.
Motorists are urged to drive carefully and give street crews the room they need to work. Public Works and Utilities officials appreciate the public's patience as they work to repair the City's streets.