Mayor Chris Beutler said the City received only 72 pothole repair requests in the first five weeks of 2011, compared to 2,916 received during the same period last year, a decrease of 97.5 percent. Beutler said the City is still busy filling potholes, but not at the record-setting pace of last year. Crews filled 1,451 potholes in the first five weeks of this year, compared to 23,980 in the same period in 2010.
"Drivers are still seeing potholes in City streets, and we urge them to continue to report them to the City," said Mayor Beutler. "The milder winter is a big factor, but the rehabilitation of 20 miles of arterial streets last year is certainly making a difference as well." The City combined $9.3 million in federal stimulus funds with $6.9 million in local street funds to rehabilitate arterial streets throughout Lincoln. More projects are planned for 2011 and 2012.
Residents can report potholes and other non-emergency street problems in three ways:
Last year at this time, the City was using private contractors and staff from other City divisions and departments for pothole repair. About six crews of City employees are now filling potholes on arterial streets and responding to complaints. The number of personnel hours devoted to potholes the first five weeks of the year dropped from 6,802 in 2010 to 975 in 2011.
"This represents an enormous savings for the City and demonstrates the long-term benefits of regular investment in our streets," Beutler said.
From January through August of 2010, the City received 7,179 pothole repair requests and filled 79,857 potholes using 27,697 personnel hours. From November 29 through the first week of February, the City has received 145 pothole repair requests and has filled 2,477 using 2,524 personnel hours.