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Toledo will fix 50,000 potholes in six weeks by reassigning city workers

Peter Atkins
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For the next six weeks, Toledo will be on a pothole repair blitz. The plan is to fill 50,000 potholes throughout the city. That's more than twice the number that have been filled so far this year.

Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz says Toledo doesn't have quite as bad a pothole problem as some Michigan cities.  

But it's bad enough. 

The blitz will be accomplished with extra workers - but no additional funding.

"So we have taken crews off alley reconstruction,we've taken crews off sewer work, and we've entirely paused our work in street cleaning," says Kapszukiewicz.

He says the project will be systematic. Rather than having crews go from one side of the city to another in response to complaints, repair crews will divide the city into four quadrants.

"And we are going to travel literally every single road of the city looking for potholes," he says.

Kapszukiewicz blames the pothole crisis on large cuts in Ohio revenue sharing with cities.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Radio. She began her career at Michigan Radio as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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