Monday, March 16, 2015

How to Report a Pothole in Fort Thomas

To report a pothole in Fort Thomas, simply email the location to jrice@ftthomas.org
The harsh grip of winter weather is gone, hopefully for good. Now that the snow has melted and the spring has sprung the city must deal with the inevitable result of treating roads with salt and brine -- the potholes.

The ground has thawed and potholes are popping up all over town. There is a protocol in place in Fort Thomas for reporting and filling potholes that mirrors how surrounding cities deal with the pothole repair as well. 



IMAGES: THE LIGHTER SIDE OF POTHOLES

Pothole repair is funded out of the Municipal Road Aid Fund. Officials said Bellevue mirrors the same method as Fort Thomas in using the municipal road aid fund for road repairs.

"The City of Bellevue uses funds from its municipal road aid budget to repair winter wear and tear issues. We have not researched any other funding methods to fill potholes," city administrator Keith Spoellker said.

Fort Thomas City Administrative Officer Don Martin said the General Services Department of Fort Thomas takes care of them year-round. But he said the department fills in many of them in early spring after months of lower winter temperatures.

Martin said the Fort Thomas government encourages residents to phone the General Services Department regarding the potholes. He said the repair time varies in each instance. You can also email jrice@ftthomas.org. 

“If a crew is already out filling potholes, they can sometimes be addressed on the same day as a complaint is made,” Martin said. “Otherwise, it could take a day or two for the repairs to be made. If the pothole is located on a State Route such as Route 8, Memorial Parkway, Grand Avenue, River Road or Alexandria Pike, the city will notify (the Kentucky Department of Transportation) and ask the resident to call them as well. KDOT will assign one of its crews to make the necessary repairs.”

Cincinnati officials agree potholes are a lingering problem after the winter season, but the city is getting better at finding them and fixing them.

Mayor John Cranley pointed out that since last year, Cincinnati's average time to address a pothole has gone from 21 days down to seven days.

"I'm proud of the work our public services employees are doing, and we're going to keep working to improve our response times," Cranley said.

Cranley said in the past year the city has repaired more than 20,000 potholes in more than 4,500 locations.

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