D.C. starts campaign to fix potholes

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Local,DC,Transportation,Alan Blinder,Metro and Traffic

The District on Monday launched its annual push to fix the city's pervasive potholes quickly, saying that it will try to repair troublesome locations with 48 hours of learning of the problems.

"Even though we have had two relatively mild winters in a row, there are always potholes to fill," Mayor Vincent Gray said in a statement. "Potholepalooza is [a] great example of how we are striving to provide the best customer service possible through our District government agencies."

The Potholepalooza campaign is scheduled to run until May 22, and the District Department of Transportation said extra crews will be assigned to respond to reports of potholes throughout the city.

Although the city normally fills potholes within 72 hours of learning about them, the District said it will try to trim its response time to two days during the effort.

During the 2012 rendition of Potholepalooza, the city filled 2,443 potholes.

Residents and visitors have six avenues to report problem potholes:

-- Dial 311

-- Go online to 311.dc.gov

-- Tweet at the District Department of Transportation (@DDOTDC)

-- Visit the campaign's Facebook page

-- Email potholepalooza@dc.gov

-- Send a request through the DC311 smartphone application

ablinder@washingtonexaminer.com

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