Pothole on Spruce Street

Pothole on Spruce Street in Highland Park, January 12, 2016.

The recent bout of winter weather was not kind to Richmond’s roads, and city crews are planning to launch what they’re calling a pothole-palooza on Monday in an attempt to patch things up, a city spokeswoman says.

“After a storm like this, you have the freezing and thawing and the ice, and all of that really tears up the roads,” spokeswoman Sharon North said. “On Monday, we’ll just really go in on the potholes and fill as many as we can as quickly as we can — weather permitting.”

To report potholes for repair, residents can call 311 or use the reporting function on the city’s website.

North said city crews have already patched 400 holes since the storm.

She said the city doesn’t have a specific goal for the number of holes it would like to fill. “We are trying to repair as many potholes as possible to hold our streets until they can be paved or until permanent road repairs can occur,” she said.

Six crews will be working on potholes during the palooza, filling an average of 100 holes a day, she said.

The city typically launches an annual pothole blitz around this time of year, North said. She said the Department of Public Works decided to call it a “palooza” this year because “I just got sick of saying ‘pothole blitz.’ “

She said the department also considered calling the initiative “pothole-a-rama.”

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