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What's bugging you? Pothole repair

February 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
With this new round of storms, get ready for a bumpy ride. You can bet there are going to be more potholes around town, and that is what is bugging you. Here's what you can do to get rid of them.

It hurts you and your car when you drive over enormous potholes. Look around and the problem appears to be getting worse.

"When you drive you can't even see the potholes until you hit it," said L.A. resident Juanita Anderson.

Anderson says she's never seen it this bad. Her complaint is that even if a pothole is repaired it doesn't last long.

"A lot of times they do this and it's temporary, and it's just a matter of months later, you go through the same process again," said Anderson.

"What's been bugging me like most drivers is all those potholes that we see," said L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti. "We have the second worst streets in America of a major big city."

Potholes have to be repaired quickly or they get much worse.

"I'm concerned there's something going on under the street and a car's going to drive on it, it's going to give way and fall right in the hole," said L.A. resident Patricia Wilcox.

Wilcox e-mailed Eyewitness News after trying sending photos to the city.

"Finally that's when I contacted you," said Wilcox. "I thought maybe you would listen."

Garcetti says for years the city just didn't have enough money. More roads would deteriorate than they could repair. Garcetti says this year there is good news.

"This year we also have some stimulus dollars and we have protected gas tax money," said Garcetti.

He says to call the city and let them know where the problems are.

"The city can turn around a pothole in 24 to 48 hours, but it has to be called in," said Garcetti. "So if your viewers will call 311 in the city of Los Angeles, we can get a team out there to pave that pothole over."

"I don't know. We'll see. Actions speak greater than words," said Wilcox.

Viewers who call the city can let Eyewitness News know about it in order to check to see if they are indeed going out to fix those potholes, and if not, why not.


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