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Potholes Are Everywhere After A Harsh Winter, But The City Plans To ‘Step Up’ Repairs

The city will also resurface at least 315 miles of road this year, according to the Mayor's Office.

The city will step up its efforts to repair potholes after a harsh winter, the Mayor's Office said.
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THE LOOP — The city will step up its efforts to fill potholes and repave pockmarked roads after this harsh winter, the mayor’s office said.

Starting this week, seven new pothole crews with 26 workers will take to the streets to fill potholes, according to a news release from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office. That means there are now at least 35 pothole crews working, including on the weekends and overnight.

“… In a winter such the one we’re having this year, with dramatic swings in temperature and precipitation mixing rain, sleet, ice and snow (sometime in a 24 hour period), potholes are going to develop,” Emanuel’s office said. “Since paving cannot start until next month, CDOT is working is working with its unions to increase the number of employees working on pothole repairs.”

The city will also repave at least 315 miles of road this year, which is 5 more miles of road than it did last year. That will begin as soon “as weather allows and the asphalt plans re-open,” according to the mayor’s office.

The city said it has already picked the first 100 miles of residential and arterial streets that need to be repaved. The Department of Transportation is working with aldermen to determine which other residential streets should get resurfaced.

Arterial roads that will get resurfaced:

  • Sheridan Road from Devon Avenue to Touhy Avenue (1 mile)
  • Broadway from Gunnison Street to Foster Avenue (.65 miles)
  • Foster Avenue from East River Road to Harlem Avenue (2 miles)
  • Dearborn Street from Madison Street to Polk Street (.65 miles)
  • Kedzie Avenue from Jackson Avenue to Ogden Avenue (1.35 miles)
  • Austin Boulevard from Lake Street to North Avenue (1.45 miles)
  • 31st Street from Lawndale Avenue to Western Avenue (1.7 miles)
  • 51st Street from Millard Avenue to Kedzie Avenue (.57 miles)
  • Lafayette Avenue from Marquette Road to 79th Street (1.50 miles)
  • 119th Street from Ashland Avenue to Halsted Street (1 mile)