Mayor Emanuel Visits Crews Working Seven Days a Week to Fill Potholes

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Crews filling potholes on Chicago street. (Source: Chicago Tribune)

New contract provides flexibility to further strengthens City’s efforts

CHICAGO—(ENEWSPF)—March 2, 2018

By: Rosemary Piser

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today visited Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) crews that are working around the clock, including weekends and overnights to address pothole complaints received to the City’s 311. With as many as 30 crews out a day when weather permits, CDOT has already repaired more than 100,000 potholes in 2018.

Mayor Emanuel said, “As temperatures warm up, the City is working around the clock to fill any potholes the winter season has left behind. Being responsive to neighborhood complaints, whether it’s filling potholes or fixing streetlights is critical to improving residents’ quality of life. It is what our crews do and what we will continue to focus on throughout the year.”

7th Ward Alderman Gregory Mitchell added, “Quickly repairing our streets helps keep motorist safe. I want to thank CDOT for their efforts and I encourage residents to call 311 to report potholes in their neighborhood.”

The new union contract provides the City with flexibility this year to assign additional crews as needed. Laborers permanently assigned to work on concrete, asphalt, electric, signs, and paint projects can now be temporarily transferred to other projects, like pothole repairs, if the need arises.

Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said, “We have the ability to further increase the number of crews we have assigned to pothole repairs for this pothole season. The added flexibility of the labor agreement may become needed if we have a significant increase in 311 calls this spring and will be useful throughout the term of the contract.”

To report a pothole, residents can call 311; visit the City’s website at www.cityofchicago.org/311 or text “Chicago” to 311311 to start the reporting process.

You can also see the calls for service and number of potholes filled during each site visit by visiting the City’s Pothole Tracker at www.cityofchicago.org/potholetracker.

Source: www.cityofchicago.org