Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Oh yeah! It's pothole time.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM

  • samsaundersleeds

I know you look forward to this every year.

And no, I'm not talking about tax season. I'm talking about pothole season. That time of the year when the roads take on the appearance of rotten Swiss cheese.

But wait! There is hope for your car's alignment!

Every year in spring, the city fixes thousands of potholes in a short period of time. That time is now. You can help by notifying the city of any gaping tire-swallowers you see during your commute. More information is below.

Got Potholes?
City to begin concentrated effort to repair potholes

The Street Division will kick off its annual pothole campaign on Monday, March 19. The pothole campaign is marked by an intensive push to repair reported potholes within two weeks. Additional crews will be allocated to meet that deadline. Potholes are prioritized by location, so potholes on main arterials receive a higher priority.

However, to repair potholes, the City needs help finding them! We are asking drivers who spot potholes to call the Pothole Hotline — 385-ROAD (7623) — to report them.

When reporting a pothole, callers should provide detailed information such as street name, direction of traffic flow (north bound, south bound, etc.), the intersection, closest address (if known), side of the street, and location in the street such as left or right edge line or middle, inside or outside lane. Due to the huge influx of calls expected, citizens should not expect a personal reply to their request.

Citizens with iPhones can download an app to report potholes from (click on the phone icon at the top of the page).

The City of Colorado Springs Streets Division maintains approximately 1,500 center line miles of streets. A center line mile is the length of one mile of road regardless of the number of lanes. Streets crews filled 24,208 potholes in 2011. While the dry winter reduced the amount of potholes created by freeze-thaw cycles, the aging of the street system has kept the number of potholes comparable to previous years.

The City does not repair potholes on County or State roads, such as South Academy south of Milton Proby (County) and Powers (State) and US 24 (State).

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