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Indy Potholes

Despite Indianapolis residents strongly believing that this year there’s more potholes and chuckholes on city streets than ever before, the City claims they’ve received far fewer complaints.  The shocking revelation came in an Afternoons with Amos interview where Department of Public Works (DPW) spokesperson Scott Manning said that the department has received several thousand fewer complaints this year about potholes than last year.  Manning explained to listeners that during the winter months, DPW crews use a “cold patching” process to temporarily repair chuckholes.  The more permanent repairs are done by a “hot mix” of more liquid type asphalt that bonds into the pothole and repairs it.  But, said Manning, cities like Indianapolis are at the mercy of asphalt manufacturers who usually don’t gear up to provide that material until Spring begins. Asked what the budget was for pothole repair, Manning said that it was some $1.1 million but that it’s included in the budget for snow removal. Implying that there isn’t a separate budget line item for pothole repair. Manning said the best way to get a pothole fixed is to first report it through the Mayor’s Action Center at 327-4MAC(4622). DPW also has a website where you can report pothole problems, but Afternoons with Amos found that it’s cumbersome and you have to do some searching before you find the section to specifically report potholes.  And the website requires use of exact addresses or a good knowledge of geography.  Afternoons with Amos listeners peppered DPW’s Manning with questions about the City’s pothole response wondering how serious the City is in dealing with tens of thousands of potholes not just on main streets but on residential streets as well.  DPW later admitted on Twitter just how many or how few complaints have actually been received this winter.

Click Our NEW Media Player to hear Indy DPW Spokesman Scott Manning on Afternoons with Amos talk about the City’s Pothole Crisis With Amos and Listeners. Runs 2x Minutes ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. Audio Begins After A Brief Video Ad.