Mar 6, 2015
DENVER, CO – With sunshine and warmer temperatures in the forecast for this weekend and next week, Denver Public Works will boost its efforts to make pothole repairs. Ten crews will work 12-hour shifts on Saturday and Sunday to repair reported potholes and proactively address trouble spots, especially on high traffic corridors.
“It’s been an uncommonly warm winter with freezing temperatures and snowstorms mixed in. As a result, potholes have arrived early, and pose a hazard for our commuters,” Mayor Hancock said. “Public Works is on it. They are stepping up efforts by deploying weekend crews to reduce the volume of potholes. I’m asking for the community’s help to stay on top of these trouble spots. Please report the potholes you see so our crews can efficiently and effectively do their work.
“The Denver Public Works staff are doing some amazing work this season, simultaneously addressing snow and pothole removal. We thank them for their caring and dedicated response to what has been an unusual winter season,” the Mayor said.
Next week, Public Works will reassess pothole repair requests and respond accordingly, with the potential to have extra crews on pothole patrol Monday through Friday, weather permitting. Public Works will continue its proactive oversight of trouble spots, especially on high traffic corridors, into the spring when paving season begins.
While Denver is accustomed to freeze-thaw cycles, the city saw more of them than usual in January and February of this year. As of Monday, Denver repaired 10,700 potholes compared to 6,100 potholes repaired in the same time period in 2014.
Drivers are encouraged to report potholes through Denver 311 or through the city’s new mobile application called PocketGov.com to help the city keep on top of the work. Public Works target response to reported potholes is 24 to 72 hours, with most filed within 48 hours.