District launches annual pothole-fixing campaign


Back when the Potholepalooza campaign began in 2009, a DDOT crew took on this extra-large pothole at a bus stop. (Robert Thomson / The Washington Post)

Everybody has a pothole-patching campaign in the spring. The District turns pothole repairs into a month-long social event.

People can report D.C. potholes on Facebook and on Twitter. They can turn in a pavement problem via e-mail or online form. There’s an app, too. Worst comes to worst, they can make a phone call.

Then they can track the results on a District Department of Transportation Web page that displays a map, with different colored pins marked “open potholes,” “pending potholes” and “closed potholes.”  There’s as much information available online about individual potholes as there is about some of the region’s road projects.

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray launched the fourth annual Potholepalooza campaign Monday. (And of course, if you look on the Facebook page, there’s a picture of him launching it and a road crew executing the program.)

Here’s a list of the ways that city residents and commuters can turn in an offending patch of pavement during the month-long campaign.

Here’s a link for tracking the results.

 

Robert Thomson is The Washington Post’s “Dr. Gridlock.” He answers travelers’ questions, listens to their complaints and shares their pain on the roads, trains and buses in the Washington region.
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