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Cincinnati ready to address potholes

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Tana Weingartner
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WVXU

Cincinnati's Public Services director calls potholes a rite of spring.  Now the city is gearing up to repair 10,000 of them in the next three weeks.  

Gerald Checco told a council committee Tuesday the department needs help from the public.

"As you know, we do not have inspectors roaming around and making surveys of streets," Checco said.  "We depend on our citizens and our elected officials and our people to tell us where the potholes are."

A city release lists several ways for residents to report potholes:

Online: Visit www.5916000.com. There is also a link on the city’s homepage to report potholes and other issues: http://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/ . Potholes may be reported 24 hours a day using this submission tool. App: Use the free CityHall APP available on iPhone and Android in the APP store. The APP uses GPS to locate where you are standing to get an exact location of the pothole. Add some descriptive details about the location and hit send. Phone: The customer service center (591-6000) is also available to receive reports of potholes. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00AM – 5:00PM.

"The number of potholes in the city directly effects our quality of life," said Council Member Amy Murray in a statement.  "The more we can do to make is easier and safer to get around, the more we'll all love Cincinnati."

Every winter, city streets fall victim to the freeze-thaw cycle that deteriorates pavement and creates large potholes that can be dangerous for drivers.