B9316563984Z.1_20150311173922_000_G86A6KNB6.1-0Each year Metro Public Works hosts a Pothole Blitz. Which is an effort organized annually by Metro Public Works. During the blitz, members of Metro Public Works work to recover from damage caused by the multiple freeze/thaw cycles of winter, Public Works crews go through the city’s streets in a grid pattern patching potholes until all roads have been covered.

Mayor Fischer noted that the number of potholes is expected to continue a decline begun last year thanks to increased investment in paving and consecutive mild winters. Potholes peaked at 171,000 in 2015 following years of deferred road maintenance and a rough winter. But they are expected to total less than 50,000 in 2017.

You can report a pothole here or you can use the #502pothole on Twitter. 

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The Metro Council and Mayor Fischer boosted spending on paving from just $2.8 million in 2014 up to $20.9 million in 2016. As a result, the number of miles being paved increased from 26 in 2014 to 131 in 2016. Newly repaved roads are less susceptible to the formation of potholes.

Also this year, Public Works is adding $250,000 worth of new equipment that will help patch potholes faster and more effectively. For instance, vibrating walk-behind plate compactors are replacing handheld compactors to do a better job of pressing newly laid asphalt into place.

Public Works patches potholes on Metro Government maintained roads. Potholes on interstate highways should be reported to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet at 1-877-For-KYTC (367-5982).