Spot a pothole you want filled? Milwaukee asks you to ‘call it in’ and have it repaired

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Good news for drivers! It appears 2015 may be one of Milwaukee's better years on the pothole front.

It's a surefire sign of spring: steaming, hot asphalt being packed down by fluorescent-clad crews combating the latest crop of potholes.

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett suited up and ceremoniously hit the streets with a crew early Thursday morning, May 7th.

"They put the blacktop down and then we just smash it in. It's a great, great way to get rid of your frustrations," said Mayor Barrett.

Mayor Barrett came bearing good news! There appears to be fewer potholes to repair this year.

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"The reason of course, is that our winter was more mild than it has been the last two years," said Mayor Barrett.

It's meant fewer calls for pothole repair. In 2013, from January 1st to April 25th, the city got nearly 5,200 calls. Last year over the same time period, that number climbed to more than 6,100. This year, it's down to 3,300.

In the first three months of 2015, the city spent about $164,000 less on potholes than it did last year.

"The average response time is approximately three days right now," said Mayor Barrett.

But officials say they can't fill the holes they don't know about, and that's where you come in.

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"When I see the car in front of me vanish, it's time to call that one in -- or actually, much before that," said District 13 Alderman, Terry Witkowski.

Aderman Terry Witkowski also says when you report them, make sure you are specific about the location.

"There might be 10 potholes in the block and the one you wanted filled doesn't get filled, so call it in by address when you come across it," said Witkowski.

To report a pothole or other street maintenance problems via phone or on your desktop computer:

MKE Mobile can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or the Google Playstore:

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7 comments

  • Sammich Olioso

    How about repaving some streets instead…..Humboldt Ave from Brady st.to Kane pl. (only 4blks) Fond du lac ave from 60th st. to Hampton Ave (only 8 blks) north and southbound. for starters….The city did the Brady st repavement (only 9 blks) in just 1 day so I see no problem taking 2 days to do the above mentioned…..

  • Mr. Bob

    It’s meant fewer calls for pothole repair. In 2013, from January 1st to April 25th, the city got nearly 5,200 calls. Last year over the same time period, that number climbed to more than 6,100. This year, it’s down to 3,300.
    The real reason the number of calls is down is because people have given up on calling due to lack of response by the city. Pretty simple really….

  • Alex Trodder

    Keeping potholes to a minimum can help to ensure that an area’s economic vitality stays strong. Pothole repair services can ensure that people don’t have to worry about damage to their cars or potential accidents. I’m glad to hear that Milwaukee is taking an active approach to identifying problems and fixing them. Thanks for sharing.

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