DDOT: Close to 12,000 potholes filled in 2014

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) said they filled close to 12,000 potholes during the Potholepalooza Campaign, which ended Friday.

Potholepalooza was launched on April 9 and is a campaign to help repair damaged roadways that were reported by District residents and commuters.

DDOT said they received 2,312 service requests for pothole repairs within a 23 day period. A total of 11,982 potholes were filled.

In comparison, DDOT said they got 849 service requests during Potholepalooza in 2013 and filled a total of 3,899 potholes.

Up until now, DDOT has filled over 42,300 potholes this year, according to authorities.

"I'd like to thank everyone at DDOT for their extraordinary effort during this year's Potholepalooza," said DDOT Acting Director Matthew Brown. "The dedicated staff members in our Street and Bridge Maintenance Division helped us fill more than three times the amount of potholes that we filled during last year's campaign."

On average, DDOT filled 521 potholes a day, in comparison to last year's average, which was 169 potholes per day.

The campaign is over for 2014, however DDOT encourages residents to continue to report potholes online, by phone, via social media or through the DC311 smartphone app.

DDOT said residents and commuters should give the exact location and give as much information as possible, including the size and depth of the pothole.


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