San Diego

Mayor to Triple Pothole Patrol Crews in Response to Damaging Winter Weather

The city of San Diego is ramping up pothole patrol after months of wet weather brought thousands of potholes to light.

On Thursday, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the city is tripling the number of city crews dedicated to repairing potholes around town.

That means that every day, 26 two-person crews will be out targeting the thousands of potholes that have formed on local streets.

The city says when it rains, water seeps into the cracked surfaces of the road that, when combined with the vibration of tires, can cause the asphalt to disintegrate and potholes to form.

The additional crews will work extended hours and on weekends to smooth out roadways. 

According to the city, crews typically fill 30,000 potholes a year but crews are on pace to far exceed that number. About 25,000 potholes have been filled in the last nine months alone. 

Within a rainy 30-day span from January to February, the city told NBC 7 about 4,573 pothole complaints were made. Crews were working hard to fill them but had only filled about 40 percent at the time. 

The city is asking San Diegans to help find potholes. Repair requests can be made through the city's Get-it-Done app.

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