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San Diego Council Committee Report Recommends Change In Pothole Protocol

A report that recommends the city of San Diego change its strategy for repairing potholes was unanimously approved today by the City Council's Audit Committee.

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A pothole in a road.

The study from the city auditor's office found that the time it took to

fill a pothole after it was reported climbed from eight days to 15 days in the past two years, and that numerous data entry errors hampered the ability of the Streets Division to report on performance metrics.

It was also found that the number of potholes repaired dropped from 50,000 to more than 30,000 between fiscal years 2011 and 2012. The first year, however, included an unusually stormy winter.

The auditor recommends switching from a complaint-based system, in which a crew is dispatched to fill a pothole reported by a citizen, to a regional strategy, in which all the potholes in a given area are fixed.

"Pothole repair is a core function,'' committee Chairman Kevin Faulconer said. "It affects everybody, whether you're a San Diego resident, business owner or a visitor.''

He said he was frustrated by how long it takes to make repairs.

The audit will now go to the full City Council. Mayor Bob Filner's administration has agreed to the report's recommendations.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Alex_Grebenshchikov'

Alex_Grebenshchikov | May 13, 2013 at 4:23 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

I'm glad this got approved. On at least three separate occasions I was nearly killed by almost driving into large potholes on my scooter. The potholes were as big as the front wheel of my scooter, and I would have certainly endoed, sending my body flying through the air.

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JeanMarc | May 13, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

These potholes have cost me literally thousands of dollars in tire replacement for my BMW. Runflat tires are about $500 each.

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DIZZY | May 13, 2013 at 7:53 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

WHY DOES IT TAKE 10 PEOPLE TO FILL A POTHOLE AND SOMETIMES IT TAKES THEM 3 DAYS TO COMPLETE THE FILL?

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jjking20000101 | May 14, 2013 at 12:27 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

"Switching from a complaint-based system . . . to a regional strategy, in which all the potholes in a given area are fixed."

Thank God, somebody finally woke up and saw the problem. I have seen some pot holes filed up while other pot holes right next remain unfilled. Couldn't figure out why. Thought the contractors were somehow just milking the system.

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JeanMarc | May 14, 2013 at 2:42 p.m. ― 1 year, 4 months ago

jjking the contractors, most likely being union workers, were definitely milking the system.

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