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SDOT launches Pothole Palooza, aims to aggressively repair neighborhood potholes

Posted by Danielle Anthony-Goodwin on April 17th, 2017

SDOT is kicking off Pothole Palooza today, a campaign to aggressively repair potholes across the city.

Locals are being encouraged to report neighborhood potholes so that SDOT can map them out as their Pothole Rangers move throughout the city.

Locals can report potholes in three ways:

During the campaign, SDOT crews will be assigned to specific districts around the city. SDOT Crews will be joined by crews from Seattle Parks and Recreation who will assist with these efforts.

“We recognize that residents have been patient through a tough winter that’s resulted in an increased number of potholes and we want them to know that we’re listening when they report them,” said SDOT Director Scott Kubly. “You’ve told us where they are, and we are marshaling our resources to fill them.”

According to SDOT, potholes occur when street pavement cracks and breaks because of water and vehicle traffic. During winter months, water can cause the material under the pavement to erode, freeze and expand, and then thaw and contract causing the pavement to sink down and break.

Many streets, particularly in the outer areas of the city, have a very poor underlying structure, or sub base, which reacts poorly to these conditions. This freeze/thaw cycle can cause the pavement to crack so that it deteriorates quickly under the weight of traffic, and then streets can seem to break out in potholes overnight.

Seattle has had an extremely wet and cold 2016-2017 winter season. Residents typically see more potholes in the winter and spring, following periods of cold temperatures and rain or snow. February and March are when we see the highest numbers of potholes. This past February was the wettest we have experienced in thirty years.

Click here to find out more about Pothole Palooza.

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15 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Biff Sparky // Apr 19, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Making a big deal out of regular road work does NOT impress me. How many people does it take to fill a hole? Unions will let us know. Why not license studded tires, and use this revenue for this simple task? As in making the small % of folks using these road eating thing actually paying for the damage they do? Progressive thinking right here!

  • 2 Truth // Apr 19, 2017 at 9:31 am

    @Biff: Our state would never charge a fee for studded tires because the conservatives in Eastern Washington would have a shit fit. Nevermind that studded tires cause something like $18 million in damage a year in our state. They can’t be pressed to pay for the damage they cause. Hell, conservatives in Washington would block any attempt to have regions outside of the Puget Sound metropolitan area actually pay for their infrastructure.

    Sorry to tear apart your attempt to knock progressives. Keep trying though!

  • 3 BallardViking // Apr 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    The rising cost of fixing potholes is outrageous. Back in the 80’s it only cost Ed Murray $15 to fill them holes!

  • 4 Biff Sparky // Apr 20, 2017 at 7:27 am

    @ truth: this has NOTHING to do with your delusional personality and reasoning. It has everything to do with taxation and results. Your idiotic rant proves again just low the bar has been set for you “progressives”. Fact is, it’s your team running everything around these parts and needs finger pointing. Keep drinking that liberal Kool-Aid brada. Soon your mind will be all gone.

  • 5 Richard // Apr 20, 2017 at 8:30 am

    They want our help to find the Pot Holes ? How do these people get to work in the morning ? They drive over Pot Holes that’s how. Are there any streets that don’t need work ? Last week they ” Fixed” some on my street. They waited for a Rainy day and threw Asphalt in the puddle . They fix the same hole every 6 months.

  • 6 Truth // Apr 20, 2017 at 8:31 am

    @Biff: You don’t really provide any sustenance or facts in your rants other than you really don’t like “progressives” for some reason, so I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to be responding to. It just appears that you lump everything you don’t understand or agree with into a category you then apply the “progressive” label to. Fascinating!

    Look, I’m sorry that your BFF Bill O’Reilly is no longer around to tell you what you should believe, but think of it more of an opportunity to formulate your own thoughts and opinions!

    *hugs and kisses*

  • 7 bolide // Apr 20, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    @Truth — dumb unnecessary argument. He had a good idea for once. Smart to agree & comment on it, but the snark was an uncalled-for potshot. Namecalling back & forth, for what?

  • 8 Truth // Apr 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    @bolide: His first comment had a smart idea that quickly devolved into his typical bashing of liberals and/or progressives. If he can dole it out, he can take a potshot or two.

    His second comment had zero sustenance. And I don’t recall calling him names.

  • 9 Bob beatty // Apr 21, 2017 at 6:44 am


  • 10 Biff Sparky // Apr 21, 2017 at 7:28 am

    @ truth; I have tons of great ideas. It’s because I run a business, raised a daughter alone, and don’t feel; I think. I am not beholden to your elected leftist overlords. I bet you still feel Venezuela is STILL a great place too. It’s YOUR hate that has totally blinded you. Poor snowflakes just can’t handle the facts there are people like me around. Do the words “totalitarian” or “authoritarian” mean anything to you? Have you NOT learned anything from history? So BFD, O’Reilly is gone? They have no media in N. Korea either. I bet you also want Limbaugh taken off the radio too then? I really do feel sorry for you. You are exactly what the left has groomed you to be. But do say hi to mommy when you come up from the basement.

  • 11 Biff Sparky // Apr 21, 2017 at 7:39 am

    @ truth; I had another thought about my “liberal bashing”. Will you please take pictures of the May Day protests and show them here for all to see? Because we all know they will be kind, tolerant and very diverse. While breaking windows this will no doubt make you orgasm too. Being part of this “coastal tribe” means what to you again? I’m open minded, yet unlike you, everything hasn’t fallen out.

  • 12 Truth // Apr 21, 2017 at 9:13 am

    @Biff: While I didn’t personally go, I can show you photos of the previous Women’s March, last weekend’s BLM March and tomorrow’s Science March. No violence, very tolerant and diverse.

    Just because poorly raised trust fund children like to incite violence at the May Day March, doesn’t mean that all protests and marches are violent.

    A supposed well learned man like yourself should be able to deduce that.

    And if you believe Seattle is authoritarian/totalitarian, you are as gullible as they come (BTW, North Korea is about as right wing conservative as they come) and maybe you need to turn off the conservative talk radio and go actually see and experience the world.

    And I have many conservative friends. They don’t spend every waking hour blaming liberals or progressives for every problem in this country and actually realize that part of the problem is with conservative politics, something you would never admit to, because your other BFF Rush would never capitulate, just deflect and blame, deflect and blame.

  • 13 Casual Observer // Apr 21, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    I would like to congratulate the comments section for going 12 comments without blaming this on homeless people. However, it is pretty obvious that their meth use and leeching of government funds is what caused this pothole crisis to begin with.

  • 14 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Apr 25, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I see the city is building some fenced-in areas under the Ballard Bridge. A possible hobo detention cage?

  • 15 Uncle Buck // Apr 26, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    I hear Mayor Ed likes to fill those holes.

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