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DC Zaps More than 6,000 Potholes Across City

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DC pothole crews get new pairs of boots every year. They need it for this work. (Thomson)

The District Department of Transportation announced that workers fixed 6,084 potholes during the month-long Potholepalooza that ended Saturday. Some of those fixes were relatively easy if they were small enough to be attacked by the Pothole Killer, a truck with a long snout that looks to me like a big metal mosquito. (See Commuter page.)

But the bigger fixes, like the one pictured above at Second and Orange streets SE, require an asphalt dump, followed by a lot of shoveling, raking and rolling before the hot mix has a chance to cool off. That's hard on the feet, as you can see in the photo above. This particular fix occurred at a bus stop, where the weight of the buses coming to a halt had combined with normal weathering to bust the pavement. The longterm fix is to install a concrete pad at the stop, but this couldn't wait.

DDOT said that during the palooza more than 500 people submitted requests for fixes by telephone, e-mail, text message and Internet. But Romanus Onyeama, superintendent for street and bridge maintenance, pointed out that the repair crews fix a lot more potholes than they get calls about. They also try to prevent potholes from getting started by sealing over cracks in pavement.

Onyeama was proud of the response to the service requests. He said the repair crews got to them within 48 hours.

the killer web.jpg Snout on Pothole Killer clears hole then fills it with mix of adhesive and stone. (Thomson)

The three Pothole Killers under contract to the city helped build up the score. While more than half a dozen people worked on the big fix at the bus stop, a solo driver around the corner used the truck to clean out and fill small potholes on Second Street SE. The filler, which can stay in place for several years, Onyeama said, can be driven over as soon as the truck moves on. The small stones used in the filler mix don't come off on car tires.

While the palooza campaign has ended, people can still request pothole fixes and other services from the District Department of Transportation. Three methods: Phone the Mayor's Call Center at 311, use the form for an Online Service Request or send a text message to twitter.com/DDOTDC .

By Robert Thomson  |  April 14, 2009; 10:54 AM ET
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Comments

Look what a little 'stimulus' money will get ya. It will be a joy to drive around D.C., without dodging potholes in every other intersection. Will most definitely save on costly front-end alignments.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | April 14, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Whatever temporary fixes DDOT is using isn't working. The holes they plugged on Reno Road are open again, and when I tried to resubmit a request, I was told that that portion of Reno had already been "fixed." I give up. Sigh.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | April 14, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

We have been doing our best to battle the potholes on Reno Road, but more permanent relief is on the way. Several sections of Reno are scheduled for repaving this summer. Here's a link to the paving schedule on the DDOT website: http://extranet.ddot.dc.gov/DDOTNeartermschedule/xmlsearch.aspx

Posted by: jlisle1 | April 14, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

These quick fixes don't last.

Posted by: bosscrab | April 14, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

We have been doing our best to battle the potholes on Reno Road, but more permanent relief is on the way. Several sections of Reno are scheduled for repaving this summer. Here's a link to the paving schedule on the DDOT website: http://extranet.ddot.dc.gov/DDOTNeartermschedule/xmlsearch.aspx

Posted by: jlisle1 | April 14, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse


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Thank you for the link. I didn't even know this listing existed.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | April 14, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I should clairfy my own comment about Reno Road. The problem is not pothole related. The road surface is deteriorating; the top layer is peeling off. That's why we are scheduled to repave it. In the meantime, we apologize for the bumpy ride.

Posted by: jlisle1 | April 15, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

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