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Public Works & Assets Newsroom

Mayor Fills Pothole During Citywide Blitz

Thursday March 17, 2011

Mayor Greg Fischer today filled a pothole on Southern Parkway as part of Louisville Metro Public Works’ seasonal community-wide pothole blitz.

“Potholes are a nuisance and a safety hazard,” Fischer said. “Driving over a pothole can damage your car, it can hurt passengers -- and for some drivers, it could scare them and potentially create an unsafe driving situation.”

Because Louisville experienced larger and earlier amounts of snow this year, roads experienced more contraction and expansion. Potholes are created when the moisture trapped beneath the asphalt freezes and expands, causing the asphalt to break. When the temperatures warm, continual traffic will wear away the weakened asphalt, and it eventually will leave a hole.

Based on data from the previous three years, Public Works crews repair an average of 20,715 potholes a year. Since January 1, crews have filled 11,658 potholes, compared to 8,151 potholes for the same timeframe in 2010.

Citizens who see a pothole should report it to MetroCall, by either calling 311 or by visiting the city’s website at

The city’s pothole blitz will continue until all roads are covered and completed, probably in late April.