Pothole-patching crews busy in Chicago

March 7, 2009 4:39:00 PM PST
Since December, crews have filled more than 200, 000 potholes on Chicago streets, and officials expect the numbers to increase. Currently, the Department of Transportation has a list of 7,000 potholes that need to be repaired, and the list is getting longer. Two weeks ago, there were only 5,000.

City officials say the months of March and April are traditionally the months with the highest number of potholes.

"What's happening now with the thaw and there's no more snow on the streets, more cars are on the streets, there's more people on the street and you can see that there's a spike in our 3-1-1 calls for service," said Dept. of Transportation Cmsr. Thomas G. Byrne.

Byrne says, when crews respond to a 311 call about a pothole, they not only fill that pothole, but they also fill others in the same block.