Rising temperatures, especially after a winter storm, can bring on the advent of what is commonly called “pothole season.”As the colder weather moves out and spring looms on the horizon, roadways start to show signs of wear and tear from the long winter months in the form of potholes. In anticipation of increased call volumes and to expedite repairs throughout the District, Mayor Adrian Fenty announced today the District’s first-ever “Potholepalooza.”
Potholepalooza is a month-long campaign to encourage residents and commuters to phone in, go online, Twitter or email requests for pothole repairs. Starting March 11 and running through April 11, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the agency responsible for the repair of potholes for the District, will work to repair identified potholes within 48 hours (normal response time is within 72 hours).
DDOT repairs an average of 220,000 potholes per year in the District with an average annual cost of $900K.
How to Report a Pothole
Residents and Commuters can notify DDOT in a variety of ways: 1) call the Mayor’s Call Center at 311, 2) use the Online Service Request Center at dc.gov, 3) text message or tweet to www.twitter.com/DDOTDC, or 4) email to Potholepalooza@DC.Gov. Callers must identify the location including the correct quadrant (NW, NE, SE, SW) in the District and 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.
For more information and for daily updates on our progress, please visit www.ddot.dc.gov/potholes.