LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa urged Angelenos to report potholes in their neighborhoods in preparation for a two-day blitz next month, when crews will be dispatched with orders to fix 20,000 of them.
“Starting today, I want to encourage Angelenos to call 311 and report pothole locations in your
neighborhoods,” Villaraigosa said, arguing that “the condition of our street network affects the quality of life for every Angeleno.”
The mayor told residents that “with your help, we will undoubtedly be able to exceed our goal for the upcoming Operation Pothole weekend.”
The Department of Public Works will use the information phoned in to fill an unprecedented 20,000 potholes the weekend of June 4 and 5–an operation that will involve 75 crews, according to a statement from the mayor’s office. The city of Los Angeles says it fills an average of 250,000 potholes annually.
“Pothole repair is one critical component of our overall street maintenance and resurfacing program,” said Public Works Commissioner Andrea Alarcon. “Under the Mayor’s proposed budget, in the next fiscal year we would be able to fill over 300,000 potholes to ensure safer streets for City residents.”