City to launch 'pothole blitz'

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The city of Cincinnati is beginning a pothole blitz this week. City Councilwoman Amy Murray says their goal is to fill 10,000 potholes in just three weeks.

So far Murray says only 1,000 have been called in to the city by residents. They say they need drivers' help to reach their goal.

"It's what people in Cincinnati are calling me about right now," Murray said. "The phone calls we're getting saying 'This is a problem, it's damaging my car, it's dangerous for pedestrians,' we need to get it taken care of."

From now until July, city workers usually fill more than 20,000 potholes, which means they could end up knocking out nearly half of the potholes before April.

"Instead of the crews working on it a few at a time through the weeks, we're putting it all together in a three week period," Murray explained.

"I've been fighting potholes here in Cincinnati for four years," said Director of Public Services Andrew Glenn. Glenn says his crews have quite the job ahead of them.

"Approximately 20 crews will be working on this project with no overtime," Glenn said. Each of the 10,000 potholes will have to go through the same process to make sure they will last the five to ten years Glenn says they should.

"The first level is we put down a coat of sealant to make it stick. Then we come back with the hot mix," Glenn explained. "Then we put the sealant around the pothole to prevent water from seeping inside. The next process is real critical; you see the people putting the sand down."

Glenn says the sand is what keeps the tar from sticking on the tires, and keeps people potentially tracking it into their homes, which can be a liability for the city. "It saves tax dollars with a couple of ounces of sand," Glenn said.

"What we need is everybody in Cincinnati to become a pothole spotter," Murray said. Murray says the idea for the blitz came about as they looked to other cities like Columbus to see how they dealt with their own pothole problems.

"This is just a way this gets done effectively and efficiently, but in a really timely manner so it's best for the citizens of Cincinnati," Murray said.

To let the city know about a pothole that needs to be filled call 513-591-6000 or log onto

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