Potholepalooza launched, will run through May 9


In this file photo, a pothole is seen on 16th Street south of Kennedy Street, NW, on Feb. 20, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Director of District Department of Transportation Terry Bellamy on Wednesday launched a month-long drive to fill potholes on the District’s roads.

The campaign dubbed Potholepalooza — the sixth since 2009 — will run through May 9, according to a news release on the launch. People are encouraged to inform DDOT officials of damaged roads in their areas.

Requests for pothole repairs can be submitted by calling 311 in the District, at the D.C. government Web site, and via Twitter, e-mail (Potholepalooza@dc.gov) or the DC311 smartphone app.

Residents should give the precise location of the potholes and any details — including the approximate size and depth. Residents can track the “Potholepalooza” campaign’s progress via an online map.

In 2013, the department received 849 service requests during the month-long campaign, and filled 3,899 potholes.

Since the beginning of the 2013-2014 winter season, the department said, over 25,000 potholes have been filled, “exceeding the total number of potholes filled in all previous Potholepalooza campaigns.”

Officials will increase the number of crews in hopes of beating its goal of repairing damaged roads within 48 hours of receiving a report. The department usually responds within 72 hours of receiving reports.

“Our street and bridge maintenance crews have already been canvassing District streets for a couple of months filling thousands of potholes,” Bellamy said. “With warmer temperatures, we’re accelerating our efforts and making an increased push to restore our roads.”

Harry Misiko, a copy editor of the Daily Nation in Nairobi, is the 2014 Alfred Friendly Fellow at The Post.

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