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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Mayor Announces Pothole-Patching Blitz

Monday February 23, 2004

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville Metro Government has launched a comprehensive blitz of pothole repairs coinciding with the peak pothole season.
“The below normal temperatures we’ve had much of this winter - coupled with the frequent freeze and thaw cycles - have taken a toll on our roads,” Abramson said. “Our employees are out working to fill the holes as quickly as possible.”

Louisville Metro Public Works crews are systematically concentrating on a given geographic area each day - going street by street to repair the roads. This focused, efficient approach to fixing potholes was tried on a pilot basis late last winter and worked well, Abramson said.

Crews also will respond to potholes reported outside of blitz areas within two working days if weather conditions allow. Abramson urged citizens to report potholes they spot by calling MetroCall at 311.

Public Works fills about 20,000 holes a year, nearly half of them in the late winter and early spring months. Since the beginning of the year, MetroCall has received more than 600 pothole reports.

About 40 percent of the potholes reported recently to MetroCall 311 actually involved roads that are maintained by state transportation department road crews. Abramson said potholes reported to MetroCall are forwarded daily to the state’s transportation district office in Louisville for follow-up action.
Those state-maintained roads within Louisville Metro’s 386 square miles include interstates, freeways and parkways as well as primary connector roads such as Preston Street, Main Street, Dixie Highway, Hurstbourne Lane, Bardstown Road, Westport Road, Taylorsville Road and Herr Lane.

Potholes are primarily the result of repeated freezing and thawing of water that has seeped into cracks in asphalt roads. The holes are created when vehicles travel over the loosened pavement and break up large chunks.