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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City Sets Record by Repairing 1,589 Potholes

3/26/2008  3:30:00 PM

City Sets Record by Repairing 1,589 Potholes
Pothole Rangers energized by Mayor Nickels’ “license to fill”

SEATTLE - The city of Seattle concluded its weeklong open season on potholes with the Pothole Rangers filling a record 1,589. Armed with a “license to fill,” the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) maintenance team established a record for the most potholes filled in one week and easily surpassed their weekly average of 1,335.

On March 19, Mayor Nickels challenged the Pothole Rangers to set a record for the most potholes filled in seven days. The mayor also encouraged drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians to report “the worst of the worst” potholes by calling 684-ROAD. Acting on this, Seattle residents called in more than 577 repair requests to SDOT in seven days.

Roxanne Thomas, SDOT’s Street Maintenance manager, assured all roadway users that while the repair blitz is over, “It is never too late to call in potholes.” Thomas pledged that the Pothole Rangers will continue repairing potholes on city streets within 48 hours of reporting. Since January 2002, SDOT has a 95 percent success rate for filling reported potholes within that timeframe.

Weakened by cold and wet winter weather, potholes often appear in spring in noticeable numbers. The long-term solution is to keep pavement in good condition through frequent repaving. Thanks to Seattle voters, funds from the Bridging the Gap levy will allow the city to pave 41 lane-miles of road in 2008, to complement the 27 lane-miles paved in 2007.

Citizens can report potholes by calling 206-684-ROAD (7623) or by reporting potholes online at

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $8 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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Seattle Department of Transportation

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