State can't say whose potholes were filled
State work crews patched about 43,000 potholes from Jan. 10 to Feb. 3.
This was a rough estimate during the Department of Transportation’s heavily promoted “Pothole Blitz.”
DOT head Christy Hall noted the total number was an estimate “based on a calculation” by DOT’s engineering division.
Hall said filling potholes during “wet weather or winter months,” is “intended to be a temporary repair.”
She said roads with more than 20% in need of patching are classified for reconstruction “from the foundation up.”
The state raised gas taxes in July 2017 by 12 cents a gallon over 6 years, and increased other vehicle taxes.
DOT has said that:
- More than 80% of the state’s 42,000 miles of roads needs to be resurfaced or rebuilt.
- 465 out of 750 “structurally deficient” bridges must be replaced.
DOT officials have said they plan to spend more than a third of gas-tax-hike money through 2027 on interstates.
The Nerve submitted a state Freedom of Information Act request for a county breakdown of citizen requests during the Pothole Blitz, the number of potholes filled and the total cost.
No records have been provided yet.