District’s Potholepalooza Campaign Hits Halfway Point

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Officials in Washington have hit the halfway point of Potholepalooza, their annual month-long campaign to fill in potholes, and say they’ve eclipsed the number of potholes filled during the entire 2012 campaign.

The District Department of Transportation website says workers filled 2,757 potholes during the first 14 working days of the 2013 campaign. The department says officials filled a total of 2,443 potholes during 2012’s Potholepalooza.

Many of the potholes were identified with the help of the public, who reported damaged roadways by phone, email, Twitter, or by going onto DDOT’s website.

“We thank the public for their eager participation in this year’s campaign,” DDOT Director Terry Bellamy said on the department’s Facebook page. “This is a great example of how the District government and its constituents can team up to get the job done.”

As part of the campaign, DDOT is adding extra crews to fill potholes and aims to repair identified locations within 48 hours — 24 hours faster than the normal response time.

This year’s Potholepalooza began April 22 and ends May 22, giving the city two more weeks of work. It is the fifth annual Potholepalooza.

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