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Public Works & Assets Newsroom

Louisville Launches Pothole Blitz

Monday March 17, 2014

Citizens urged to report potholes they encounter

Mayor Greg Fischer today helped launch this year’s Pothole Blitz, an annual event aimed at ridding the city’s streets of the many potholes left by the repeated freeze-thaw cycles of winter.

Following a winter that saw a seemingly unprecedented frequency of snow the number of potholes left behind is also running well ahead of recent years. Metro Public Works patched 8,726 potholes from the start of the snow season on November 1, 2013 and the end of February 2014. In the same period a year ago 7,162 potholes were patched.

This February alone Public Works patched 4,297 potholes compared to only 2,975 in February of 2013.

Fischer donned safety gear and shoveled asphalt into a pothole at the intersection of West Broadway and S 35TH Street. Public Works crews will systematically go through the city’s streets patching potholes until all roads are covered, a process that should continue into late April.

The Blitz comes on the heels of the same crews leading the snow fighting effort through the long winter. “I can’t say enough about the job that Public Works did in clearing the roads alongside its Snow Team partners—Metro Parks and Metro Codes and Regulations,” Fischer said.

Potholes are created by a combination of water that seeps through cracks caused by normal wear and tear in asphalt, repeated freezing and thawing temperatures, and the weight of traffic. Cold temperatures cause the water to freeze and expand, weakening the pavement. The weight of traffic on the weakened pavement then breaks the asphalt, eventually leaving a hole that grows as more traffic goes over it.

Citizens who see a pothole on a city street should report it to MetroCall, by either calling 311 or by visiting the city’s website.  Potholes on interstate highways should be reported to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet at 1-877-For-KYTC (367-5982).