Last year, I reported some potholes around the corner from my house, and was stunned when they were fixed within a week. That was 2011, and looking ahead to 2013-2014, the process should continue to be simple, and there will likely be more funds available to repair our roads and potholes.
Mayor McGinn has announced increased funding for basic road maintenance, including over $5 million for street repairs and maintenance in the proposed 2013-2014 Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) budget.
The focus on pothole repair was intensified in 2011, and SDOT crews have since filled 39,398 potholes (a few reported by yours truly). The City also launched an online pothole map to show pending requests, track repairs, and see completed fixes.
McGinn’s new budget will be formally introduced on September 24, with a final budget tentatively planned for approval in November.
In the meantime, if you know of a pothole that needs to be fixed (and we all know there are quite a few across Queen Anne, and more ready to crop up), report it – you never know, you may be pleasantly surprised by the response!