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January 25, 2:18 PM click here to comment > 5

Filling potholes after the winter storm

The snow and ice from last week’s winter storms may be gone from our roads, but their legacy is still there in the form of a growing number of potholes. As the storm began winding down, we started making preparations to deal with the storm’s effects, including potholes. As crews finished their snow and ice removal work, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) began redeploying resources to fill potholes. SDOT has deployed four Pothole Rangers crews to address potholes created by the recent freezing weather.

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These efforts build on work done in 2011 to address potholes and street repairs. SDOT crews filled 25,110 potholes in 2011, two and a half times the number filled in 2010. With the start of the new year, the department has $9 million available to address street surface repairs including potholes. Approximately $8.5 million of this is dedicated to arterial streets, and that includes $1.65 million in money allocated from the sale of the Rubble Yard property.

Potholes occur when street pavement cracks and breaks because of water and traffic. During the winter, water under the pavement can freeze and expand, and then thaw and contract. This freeze/thaw cycle can cause old pavement to crack so that it deteriorates quickly under the weight of traffic, and then streets seem to break out in potholes overnight. Work by the Pothole Rangers helps address any isolated trouble spots and prevents deterioration of the remaining street surface.

You can report potholes by calling 206-684-ROAD (7623) or by reporting potholes online. You can also track pothole requests outstanding and filled by visiting our pothole map.

Posted by: Mayor Mike McGinn


Comment from Jack Flint
Time January 25, 2012 at 2:58 pm

So the mayor is finally putting our money toward useful work. Clap. Clap. Clap.
**what took so long???**

Comment from Robert Archey
Time January 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

The portion of 2nd Avenue W between Olympic Place and Kinnear might be considered as one massive pothole. A number of complaints have been made by neighbors to SDOT over the past year but so far no improvement. There are potholes, sink holes, major roadway damage, etc. I have pictures that I can send along. Help!!!

Comment from Robert Archey
Time January 26, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Please spend some of the $$ on pedestrian safety. The markings on many of the crosswalks, at least in QA and downtown, are almost invisible. The bike lanes are well marked, however (the last was a sarcastic remark).

Comment from Lynda Gallow
Time January 30, 2012 at 8:20 am

how about fixing Henderson St & Carkeek St going up to 39th Ave & Beacon Ave South. Henderson has been drastic since light rail/school repair-but not street repair! glad to see you finally repair 51st Ave S.

Comment from Beth
Time February 21, 2012 at 10:56 pm

How about fix the South and North of Maynard Ave. S closed to S. Jackson Street. In wetting days when a car run on the area water accumulated in those holes that spread onto pedestrian and it got the icy issue in snowing days as well.