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Mayor Gray to Kick Off Potholepalooza on March 20

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mayor Gray to Kick Off Potholepalooza on March 20

Residents Encouraged to Report Pothole Locations Leading up to Annual 30-day Campaign

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today announced plans are in place to start this year’s Potholepalooza Campaign on Thursday, March 20, weather permitting. During the annual 30-day campaign, crews from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will expedite pothole repairs on roadways across the city.

Residents and commuters are encouraged to continue to phone (311), go online (311.dc.gov), tweet (@DDOTDC), e-mail (potholepalooza@dc.gov), visit the campaign’s Facebook page (facebook.com/DDOTpotholepalooza) or use the DC311 smartphone app to submit requests for pothole repairs. As part of Potholepalooza, DDOT will be adding extra crews to fill potholes and will aim to repair identified locations within 48 hours (the normal response time is within 72 hours).

Due to this year’s exceptionally cold and snowy winter, DDOT has already filled more than 9,000 potholes. That compares to less than half that number for January and February of last year.

“The unusually cold winter coupled with the snow and temperature fluctuations have all taken a toll on our roads, Mayor Gray said. “Once the temperatures have stabilized, we can begin the repair work in earnest – and to complete the job we’re going to need residents to become actively involved with helping us identify where the potholes are located.”

Residents are encouraged to provide as much detail as possible when reporting potholes, including the precise location and quadrant of the city as well as the approximate size and depth of the pothole. DDOT crews also will be out and about proactively identifying potholes.

“We thank people who have called in pothole sightings,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy. “Working together, we can ensure our streets are in good shape and safe.”