Pothole crews fill 5,423 potholes in two days

Courtesy: Office of the Mayor


Mayor Chris Beutler said City pothole repair crews filled another 3,681 potholes across the City today, for a total of 5,423 since Monday morning.  

The Mayor directed that City resources be shifted to increase pothole repair this week, and his emergency declaration Monday allows for mandatory overtime.  The Public Works and Utilities Department deployed 50 workers Monday and 58 workers today, and crews worked 10-hour shifts both days.   They used about 85 tons of material over the two days.  Crews will begin another 10-hour day at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

“We are seeing dramatic improvements thanks to the efforts of the community,” Beutler said.  “I want to thank the employees who are working so hard during this surge, the drivers who have slowed down to keep our crews safe and all those who have reported pothole locations.”

“We know Mother Nature can hit us hard in the Midwest,” said Miki Esposito, Director of Public Works and Utilities.  “But we will continue to clear streets of snow and ice, fill potholes and repair streets no matter what weather comes our way.”

Potholes and other non-emergency street problems can be reported in four ways:

•                  Call the Pothole Hotline at 402-441-7646.  If that line is full, callers can use the Neighborhood Hotline at 402-441-6300.

•                  Use the online form available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: pothole).

•                  Use your mobile phone to send a photo to the City’s ACTION center.  The free application is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices (search for “Lincoln Action Center”).  The message will automatically include GPS (global positioning system) information.  This app should never be used while driving, and residents should never put themselves in danger to take a photo for the ACTION center. 

•                  Street problems requiring immediate action should be reported to the Street Maintenance Division of Public Works and Utilities at 402-441-7701.

Those reporting emergency situations should always use 911.