Wednesday March 7, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts:
March 6, 2007 Allison Martin, 574-1909 / 432-3564
Matt Kamer, 574-1903 / 797-5276
City-Wide Pothole Repair Blitz Begins
Crews to Fill Potholes Every Day in March
LOUISVILLE (March 6, 2007) – Starting tomorrow, crews from the Louisville Metro Division of Streets and Roads will begin a month-long, city-wide pothole repair blitz. During the blitz, crews expect to cover 1,000 miles of road and fill 3,500 potholes.
Each day in March, weather permitting, ten crews made up of five employees will concentrate on filling potholes and pavement failures created by the weather. Pothole teams will begin work in the center of the city and work their way out to the far corners of the community in a methodical fashion. Each crew is assigned specific geographic areas.
On Wednesday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m., reporters and photographers can see crews in action on Wenzel Street between Liberty and Market streets. There will also be several opportunities available for interviews. For more information about this media availability, contact Allison Martin at 574-1909.
Pothole Facts & Figures
Potholes are created when moisture penetrates and collects in depressions and cracks in the asphalt. The freezing and thawing process during the winter creates weak spots in the pavement that become craters as cars travel over the road.
Last year the city filled 13,926 potholes and filled 202,895 square feet of road surface, which translates into 4.7 acres of asphalt.
So far this year, crews have filled 2,513 potholes and filled 15,605 square feet of asphalt. A relatively mild winter this year has resulted in a significant decrease in the number of potholes reported, when compared to prior years.
Streets and Roads employees will fill potholes on roads that are maintained by the city. The Kentucky Department of Transportation is responsible for filling potholes on interstates, expressways and major thoroughfares, such as Bardstown Road and Dixie Highway.
Residents who would like to a report a pothole should call MetroCall 311 or visit the “I want to” section of www.LouisvilleKy.gov. Crews will make every effort to fill the pothole within 48 hours, weather permitting.