Thousands of Potholes Repaired before Potholepalooza Campaign and How to Report One

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced today that the District has reacted to an exceptionally cold winter by filling more than 5,700 potholes throughout the city in 2014. District residents and commuters are encouraged to continue reporting potholes to guide DDOT crews as they continue filling potholes, weather permitting.

In January, DDOT worked to fill 3,213 potholes, with more than 2,500 potholes addressed in February. DDOT’s response to pothole-related service requests has been swift; the agency boasts a three-day turnaround time for filling potholes after they have been reported, leading the way among transportation departments in the Washington metropolitan region.

This year’s Potholepalooza will start in mid-to-late March, when ground temperatures are consistently above freezing. As part of this campaign, DDOT will add extra crews to fill potholes and aims to repair identified locations within 48 hours (the normal response time is within 72 hours).

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;

3.     Use the District’s new DC311 smartphone application.

Those who report potholes should identify the precise location, including the correct quadrant (NW, NE, SW or SE) of the District, and provide 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.”

9 Comment

  • When weed is legalized here, I want to open a dispensary called “The Pot Hole.”

  • You can tell it’s an election year by the number of potholes filled!

    • When my husband said last year that maybe we should buy a new trashcan, I said “Just wait. Election year coming up. We’ll get a new one for free.”
      Got the shiny postcard from Mayor Gray himself just yesterday. New trashcans on the way. 🙂

      • I was amazed by that too! I just moved to the district and got my supercans two years ago. It seemed strange that they are replacing all of them rather than just allowing people who needed them to request free replacements….then I remembered it was an election year.

  • brookland_rez

    All of Rhode Island Ave NE is one giant pothole.

    When are they ever going to redo this road?

  • Half the city is covered in potholes! I’d like to thank them for doing something to patch them up, but then it seems like when they repair them we’re now driving over a muffin top of road. I never thought I’d need an SUV to navigate urban streets…

  • I would like to nominate all of New York Ave NE.

  • 18th & Connecticut & Jefferson – not so much a pothole, but all of 18th has sunk several inches. I guess the didn’t fix the massive water main explosion correctly

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