Pittsburgh ‘Pothole blitz' underway: public encouraged to help



PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh’s newly elected mayor Bill Peduto sent city crews on a 72-hour “pothole blitz” in an effort to protect drivers from the damaging holes throughout the city.

Potholes have become a major problem in the area due to this winter’s freezing and thawing cycle.

Channel 11 News asked our viewers to send us photos of potholes in their area, and the problem was more than evident. (see photos here)

Peduto announced the “blitz” Tuesday evening and said crews will repair the city’s streets as long as the warmer weather stays in the region.

Severe Weather Team meteorologist Scott Harbaugh said that weather should stick around until at least Friday.

"This is an all hands on deck effort to fill potholes in our city streets before the next cold spell begins," said Peduto. "We have city crews working in shifts 24-hours a day to 'cold patch' potholes in every corner of the city, and we've activated City Parks and Recreation maintenance employees to assist."

The public is encouraged to help in the effort by reporting potholes to 311.

Seventeen crews have been dispatched for day-time pothole duty, while 10 crews are working night shifts. Employees have also been assigned to transport cold-patch asphalt to distribution sites throughout the city. 

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