Mayor Chris Beutler said the number of potholes repaired this winter is up over last year. In December and January, the City spent 3,283 hours repairing 7,283 potholes. In the same time period a year ago, City crews had repaired 2,406 potholes. The Mayor said one reason for the increase is the mild winter - crews have not had to deal with much snow, so they have had more time to work on potholes and have been more aggressive about taking care of potholes in residential areas. He said the number filled the last two years is still small compared to the winter of 2009-2010. In December 2009 and January 2010, crews repaired 17,644 potholes.
"We've been better able to control potholes in the City due to two main factors - relatively mild winters and the rehabilitation of 29 miles of arterial streets in the past two years," Mayor Beutler said. "Drivers are still seeing potholes in City streets, and we urge them to continue to report them to the City."
Over the last two years, the City spent more than $24 million of combined federal stimulus funds and local street funds to rehabilitate arterial streets throughout Lincoln. In 2012, the City expects to rehabilitate another 24 miles of arterial streets.
Residents can report potholes and other non-emergency street problems in four ways:
About six City crews are now filling potholes on arterial streets and responding to complaints.