Pothole Problems

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford Public Works crews are working into the weekend to help patch thousands of potholes across the city. It's a growing problem and one that could put quite a bit of overtime in the books. Crews have already patched more than 4,000 potholes since Monday.

From snow, to what is underneath, thousands of deep pot-holes are popping up across the city forcing public works crews to clock in overtime, just to keep up with demand.

We have to kind of look at what our priorities are in terms of patching potholes. Obviously we are not going to get to a pothole on a residential street while we have high traffic problems on our fairs.”

Public works employees say if we've called the pothole hotline and are still driving over the same bumps we may not be first in line. The complaints are prioritized by speed, traffic volume, and danger.

We’re told the crews will fill more than 6,500 potholes by Monday, more than a 1,000 a day.
While the complaints keep rolling in, crews say they are literally trying to close the gap when it comes to nasty potholes.

Last year, crews patched 88,000 potholes. For more information about how to report a pothole, please visit the city’s website.


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