Street Squad: More Rain, More Potholes

The double whammy of an icy winter and soggy spring have opened up crater-sized potholes all over the roads.

Potholes are far and away the number one complaint the Street Squad has received over the past several weeks.

Dennis Ware, the Director of Dallas Street Services, says our weather has created the worst season of potholes he's seen in 10 years. 

Crews are working 12-hour shifts and even working holidays.

The department's goal is to patch hazardous potholes within 24 hours.

"You determine hazardous by the location, the size, the depth of the pothole and frankly, if it makes your car bottom out, that's a hazardous pothole," said Ware. "People try to dodge a pothole; that creates a hazard."

The heavy rains make it difficult to even patch the holes temporarily.

During a normal year, the department patches 30,000 potholes.

By the end of this year, that number is expected to be closer to 60,000.

If you want to report a bad pothole, you can call 311 in the City of Dallas.

If you need to report a hazardous pothole on the highway or even the city, you should call 911.


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