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City of San Diego triples the number of crews to fix potholes

Posted at 11:45 AM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 15:34:10-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - City officials are working overtime to fix the thousands of potholes have formed across San Diego thanks to recent winter storms.

City crews were out early Thursday morning filling potholes on near 65th Street and Akins Avenue in Encanto. According to many, like Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilmember Monica Montgomery, Encanto-area streets have needed some attention for quite some time.

“It’s a part of the quality of life that people in San Diego expect. Residents of District 4 expect the same,” said Montgomery.

The city is going to triple to the number of repair teams, from nine to 26 crews per day. Crews will be working extended hours and weekends to make the repairs.

“There were years, decades ago, when the city didn’t do hardly any street repair. So, we’re fixing that,” said Faulconer.

In a typical fiscal year, the city repairs about 30,000 potholes. So far, in nine months, the city has fixed 25,000. The money for the repairs will be used from the city’s general fund.

“The goal is to repair and replace 1,000 miles of streets. We hit that goal, and we’re blowing past it,” said Faulconer. “But in the meantime, our streets took tremendous havoc because of the rains that we’ve seen.”

The city encourages San Diegans to use the “Get It Done” app to report potholes in their areas. Residents can track the progress of repairs and get an alert when crews are done.