Oakland begins pothole repair blitz

April 23, 2009 5:30:52 PM PDT
Large potholes mar many streets in Oakland, and the city's Public Works Agency this week began a citywide pothole repair blitz in what it says is an effort to keep motorists safe and respond to complaints.

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The blitz is a three-month effort that will be carried out during one week each in April, May and June, agency officials said. Public works crews will focus on a different geographical service area for each blitz, they said.

Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums said in a prepared statement, "I am encouraged by the success of this hands-on campaign to address a major quality of life issue in our city."

"Through this effort, I am confident we will continue to confront the issue of potholes, further limiting the damage to our roads, our neighborhoods and our vehicles," Dellums said.

Public works officials said work will continue all week throughout Oakland's Zone 2, which generally includes the area of Central Oakland from Lakeside Drive and Harrison Street to High Street. Crews will repair an estimated 1,300 potholes. As of Thursday, 550 potholes had been filled, at a cost of $56 per hole.

Vice Mayor Ignacio De La Fuente said, "Filling potholes is not glamorous work, but it's one of the basic services that the city must provide to residents. Potholes affect our everyday quality of life and I thank the Public Works Agency for bringing the pothole blitz to neighborhoods that really need the help."

Public Works Agency Director Raul Godinez II said, "This is an innovative strategy to focus our limited resources to alleviate a large problem.

But Godinez said, "It's a problem that will continue to grow until we can secure capital funding to resurface our streets more often."

ABC7 News contributed to this report.

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