Tucson crews blitz potholes with patches across the city

Tucson crews blitz potholes with patches across the city
Pothole in a Tucson road.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Street crews patched nearly 1,400 potholes in the first day of Tucson Department of Transportation's "blitz" on dips, divots and dugout chunks of road across the city this week.

The week of 10-hour workdays is the result of TDOT falling behind the two-week expectation for completing pothole requests, according to spokesman Michael Graham.

"We certainly want to get caught up on all the asphalt deficiencies throughout the city of Tucson," he said.

The goal for the week is 4,000 potholes covered. Graham said the new expectation for TDOT crews will be 72 hours. There will be a rapid response team that's dedicated to potholes.

"We want people to be the eyes and ears and let us know what's going on with our infrastructure," said Graham. "We want people to call us and let us know."

Anyone can report a pothole to TDOT through the TDOTconcerns@TucsonAZ.gov email or the 520-791-3154 hotline.

Deborah Sutter White, who works on Flowing Wells north of Gr ant Road, said she and her coworkers wondered if the city had forgotten about their stretch of road.

"This road is one of the worst roads here in Tucson," she said.

She estimated making up to 40 trips a day on the road for deliveries. Seeing crews patch up the potholes was a relief, but she worries about how long it will last.

"It's a river in here when it rains," she said. "So when they patch it, it all disappears."

Graham said filling potholes is important for public safety, but it's still a temporary fix. He said that requests for fixes on major roads have declined since renovation work paid for by Prop 409.

Some neighborhood streets will benefit from Prop 101, but Graham said it would take an estimated $650 million to bring all of Tucson's smaller, side streets up to excellent condition.

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