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19,851 potholes filled in first six months of 2011
Heavy rainfall and subfreezing temperatures last winter, combined with years of underfunding street maintenance, created a larger number of potholes than usual on our streets. The public told us that something needed to be done.
We had filled more potholes after taking office in 2010 than in 2009 under the previous administration and Council. But it was clear more had to be done. At the beginning of 2011 Mayor Mike McGinn ordered an increase in crews to fill these potholes. Instead of the usual three crews, the Seattle Department of Transportation had nine crews out filling potholes earlier this year.
The results are clear:
That’s 19,851 potholes filled in the first six months of 2011 – more than in 2009 and 2010 combined. And our crews are still hard at work.
As to street maintenance, we’re working on that too. Mayor McGinn and the City Council recently agreed to spend $3 million more this year on street repairs. And we’re looking at ways to provide more long-term funding for maintenance.
Posted by: Robert Cruickshank