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Baltimore Mayor aims to improve roads with 50-day Pothole Challenge

Posted at 11:34 AM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-12 17:32:21-05

BALTIMORE — Baltimore Mayor Jack Young on Wednesday launched a 50-day Pothole Challenge to smooth and improve city roadways.

So what is the 50-day challenge?

According to Young, the city will have a goal to repair at least 100 pothole service requests a day over the next 50 days.

“One of my top priorities is to clean up this city, and with my 50-day Pothole Challenge, I encourage all residents to report potholes to 311 so that together we can improve city roadways,” said Young. “Making Baltimore cleaner and more beautiful is critical for improving public safety and helping Baltimore’s neighborhoods to become more livable and prosperous.”

Potholes are common in Baltimore roadways, and develop when water seeps into the cracks during below freezing temperatures, causing the asphalt to break apart, creating a hole in the street.

“March is typically the busiest month for pothole repairs, and we are quickly approaching this busy time of year,” said Director Steve Sharkey. “The Department of Transportation responds to pothole issues through complaint tracking, proactive repair work and frequent field inspections. Maintenance crews work in specific zones throughout the city to service streets on a proactive basis, but also rely on the public’s help to improve city roadways.”