|2012 Potholepalooza Campaign Launched|
The District’s fourth annual Potholepalooza campaign to aggressively repair damaged roadways across the city is underway. This year’s campaign will run through May 17. As part of the campaign, DDOT is adding extra crews to fill potholes and will aim to repair identified locations within 48 hours (normal response time for filling potholes is within 72 hours). During Potholepalooza, residents and commuters are encouraged to phone, go online, tweet, e-mail or use the new DC311 smartphone app to submit requests for pothole repairs. This year, residents can also go online to track the repairs on a map – a new feature added for this year’s campaign.
Click "read more" below for instructions to report a pothole for repair.
The first-ever Potholepalooza was held in 2009, and over the past 3 campaigns DDOT crews have filled 18,975 potholes. Last year DDOT received 1,317 service requests for pothole repairs during the month-long campaign and filled 5,201 potholes.
How to report a pothole for repair:
Residents and Commuters can notify DDOT in a variety of ways:
Callers should identify the precise location including the correct quadrant (Northwest, Northeast, Southeast or Southwest) in the city and provide as much detail as possible about the hazard, including the approximate size and depth of the pothole. DDOT crews will also be out and about proactively identifying potholes.
How is a pothole repaired?
Road crews fix a pothole by filling it with replacement pavement material. Cold patches are used for small potholes in lightly trafficked areas because they can be quickly applied. Hot asphalt is used in high-traffic areas or on large potholes, because it will hold together much more effectively. If the road has become pitted with potholes, it may need to be resurfaced. Resurfacing a roadway involves stripping the upper layers of asphalt off, roughening the bottom layers, and applying a new upper roadway surface.