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Promise to fight potholes kick off this summer

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Wednesday, Mayor A C Wharton unveiled new equipment and a new plan to combat holes more efficiently. Wednesday, Mayor A C Wharton unveiled new equipment and a new plan to combat holes more efficiently.
The mayor says this new method combined with more staff should make this less of a problem. The mayor says this new method combined with more staff should make this less of a problem.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) - The City of Memphis Patch Program promises to fight potholes.

Wednesday, Mayor A C Wharton unveiled new equipment and a new plan to combat holes more efficiently.

 As of now crews are called to a street. They fill the hole and move on, likely getting called back weeks later to fill another hole. Crews have repaired more than 426 streets and filled more than 29,000 potholes.

The mayor says this new method combined with more staff should make this less of a problem.

 This summer the city will hire 16 seasonal workers and use a new machine, the Pro Patch, to be more efficient. The truck does not just fill in a hole; instead crews cut the spot and patch it.

"There's nothing uglier than a street that has a number of pot holes," said Robert Spears, who lives on Barksdale Street in Midtown.

For three years he says the street has been a problem spot.

The total cost is about $500,000 and is approved by the city council.

"Our streets are in bad shape. I get more complaints about that than most any other issue other than crime," said Jim Strickland, Memphis City Council District Five.

Strickland says campaign is great but beyond this summer they need a long term solution.

Last year the council approved $17.2 million for road repairs.

Right now, the mayor's proposed budget includes $16.6 million for repairs, which Strickland expects to change.

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