City crews working overtime to fill potholes

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Department of Public Works is working overtime to get thousands of potholes repaired before next week’s snow – and not just one street crew was working on Saturday.

The Department of Public Works said they have thousands of repairs to make after this harsh winter.

DPW said they’ve closed out 11,000 pothole requests since December. Crews are working in shifts in neighborhoods to fill hundreds of potholes that residents are reporting.

“People don’t like to have their tires busted on the way to church and this was going to happen at any given time,” said James Cowhard of Indianapolis.

Cowhard lives on Pershing Avenue and was excited to see workers in yellow vests take over his neighborhood. The DPW workers were filling potholes that have taken over Cowhard’s street.

“We had chuck holes over here so deep, a kid set their bicycle in there and you could see the bottom of their tires,” Cowhard said.

Cowhard said the potholes were starting to get so bad that it made driving on the pavement difficult for him and his neighbors.

“It’s been crazy. Every time you move, it’s like you’re driving through an obstacle course,” he said.

DPW said 16 crews were working 10 hour shifts to fill the potholes. Crews are now focusing on residential streets. Leslie Gordon with DPW said they understand the frustrations and are doing their best to get the job done.

“We’re looking at more than 10,000 requests for the same time frame last year than we have this year,” Gordon said.

Crews are also using a hot mixture to fill the potholes. DPW said an asphalt company that normally opens in April, opened early to help them make the repairs. Gordon said the mix is a more permanent fix.

“It won’t pop out as fast and will last a lot longer,” she said.

Cowhard said he hopes this hot mixture works and last longer.

“This is something that needed to be done, probably all the way up to 16th street,” he said.

If you have hit a pothole or have seen one, contact the Mayors Action Center at 327-4MAC, or use your smart phone and download the RequestIndy app. The app will let you know if it’s a duplicate or new pothole request.

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