SDOT launches Pothole Palooza, aims to aggressively repair neighborhood potholes

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.

Pothole Rangers want to hear from you

They’re annoying, dangerous and when filled with water, deceiving. Now that the Seattle Department of Transportation is finished with the winter storm, the Pothole Rangers are out filling those pesky potholes.

A large pothole in Ballard on 11th Ave NW near the Fred Meyer.

“Freezing weather and heavy precipitation mean that we’re seeing more potholes. We’ve added dollars to respond to pothole repair requests,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. SDOT has $9 million available to address street surface repairs, which includes potholes. About $8.5 million of that is earmarked for main arterials.

Click here to report a pothole. Keep an eye on reported potholes on the city’s pothole map.

The melted snow reveals nasty potholes

As you may have noticed, potholes are springing up (or dropping down) all over Ballard. And these aren’t your usual variety.

We found this one on Leary just in front of Zaw Pizza. It’s so deep, you can see the old brick road underneath. The city says that the Pothole Rangers are out filling the many potholes around Seattle. If you’d like to let the city know about a pothole you can use this form or call 206-684-ROAD (7623.) And if you’ve seen a particularly nasty pothole, let everyone know below…

Mayor declares open season on Ballard potholes

Along 24th Ave. in Ballard this morning, Mayor Greg Nickels declared an “open season” on Seattle potholes, calling Ballard one of the city’s top offenders (as well as 15th Ave. through Interbay). The goal is for Seattle’s “Pothole Rangers” to fill a record number of potholes over the next week — 1,300, to be exact. Nickels urged residents to help report the worst of the worst to 684-ROAD, and he said crews will fill them within 48 hours. Well, we’ve complained about that ugly stretch of 14th Ave. before. Any others?

The Pothole Rangers at work a couple months ago.