District set to kick off Potholepalooza campaign

WASHINGTON — There’s no question we’ve had a tough winter, made tougher by roads dappled with potholes for nearly every driver’s commute. But soon, there will be smooth pavement ahead.

The District is set to kick off its seventh annual Potholepalooza next week. And there’s extra incentive for drivers to report potholes in their way — a quicker turn around.

“Our normal response time is 72 hours. This time we’re going to accelerate that — 48 hours,” says deputy director for the District’s Department of Transportation Greer Gillis.

Drivers can report any pothole to 311 or through the transportation department’s website. And Gillis says it will be filled in two days.

First on the list of those roadways getting fixed are major evacuation routes and federal aid roads, which tend to be those most heavily traveled, Gillis says.

But during Potholepalooza, the crews that will work at full speed, nights and weekends for a month are directed by drivers’ requests to the city.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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