Public Works Crews To Conduct 2-Day Pothole Blitz

PITTSBURGH – It’s that time of year. Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works will be doing a two-day Pothole Blitz on Wednesday, March 8, and Thursday, March 9, weather permitting.

Pothole Blitzes are the city’s way of tackling as many problem potholes as possible in a short amount of time.

“We’re going to have 38 crews and about 120 staff doing potholes,” said Pittsburgh Public Works Director Mike Gable.

Unlike some years where the number of complaints have been in the thousands, the cue of waiting potholes was in the low 200s on Monday.

“It went up to 383 as of [Tuesday] afternoon,” Gable said.

If there is a pothole near you that needs to be fixed, you can submit a repair request through the city’s 311 Response Center.

All the holes fixed during the Blitz will be based on 311 submissions.

“The more specific the better,” said Wendy Urbanic, Pittsburgh 311 manager. “Sometimes it’s an entire block of streets that need treatment. We prefer a house address, if you don’t have that, an intersection, even a landmark will work.”

You can contact the 311 Response Center by simply dialing 311 from any phone within the city limits. Outside of Pittsburgh, you’ll need to call the full number: (412)-255-2621. You can text repair requests to that same number.

The 311 Response Center is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

If you have internet access, you can submit your repair requests on Twitter, too. Send a tweet to @Pgh311. Or, you can fill out the city’s online form at http://pittsburghpa.gov/311/form.

The 311 process is set up to keep you informed.

“If you call us, you’ll get a tracking number,” said Urbanic. “If you submit online, you’ll get on [a tracking number] back to your email address, you can just look up that tracking number, it will tell you the status of your request.”

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