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D.C. Potholepalooza returns

Turn in a pothole. The District Department of Transportation has launched its second Potholepalooza campaign to attack the ruts created by the harsh winter.

In last year's month-long campaign, the District patched more than 6,000 potholes that were either reported by the public or discovered by the city's crews of pothole patchers.

This year's campaign began over the weekend and will continue through April 5. The goal is to fix potholes within 48 hours after they are identified. People can add to the list by phone, online report, Twitter or e-mail.

Some of the fixes are quick and simple. They involve an application of a cold mix that hardens quickly in a small pothole before it has time to get bigger. Some are more complicated, and require a crew of workers to clear debris from a large area -- perhaps half the size of a bus stop -- then pour and spread a pre-ordered amount of asphalt.

When you contribute your nomination, be ready with the location, including the NW, NE, SE or SW quadrant in the District. Give as much detail as possible, including the approximate size and depth of the pothole. (But don't stand in traffic and measure it.)

How to Report a Pothole
-- Phone the Mayor's Call Center at 311.
-- Use the Online Service Request Center at 311.DC.Gov.
-- Tweet to
-- E-mail to Potholepalooza@DC.Gov.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 8, 2010; 9:25 AM ET
Categories:  Construction  | Tags: District Department of Transportation, Dr. Gridlock  
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the mixture to fill potholes in this town is absolutely ridiculous!

All it takes is one good rain and it recedes another 1-2 inches...then you're back to square one.

When this city learns to make roads with the smoothness of the Autobahn, then I'll be happy. Until then, who cares about Potholepooblunder? Just patch em up so they can make themselves feel as if they're really helping this age old problem.

Posted by: cbmuzik | March 8, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

How do I report a pothole in Montgomery County? There is a giant one on the SE corner of Rockville Pike and Marinelli Rd. directly across from the White Flint Metro station that I think is going to swallow a bus one of these days.

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | March 8, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

"When this city learns to make roads with the smoothness of the Autobahn, then I'll be happy."

They'll do that when you're willing to pay for it. Until then, they'll patch.

Posted by: thetan | March 8, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

UMDTerpsGirl: The MoCo Web site was actually shockingly intuitive -- took me less than a minute!

Christopher Dean Hopkins
Deputy Editor, Local Politics and Government

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | March 8, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: TerpsGirl and others in Maryland, I found two additional links on the State Highway Administration Web site that also might be helpful this season.

This one is for reporting potholes, sinkholes and many other problems you might find on a Maryland state road:

This one is a list of phone numbers and links for reporting potholes and other problems on roads that are not maintained by the state:

Posted by: Robert Thomson | March 8, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

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