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Cleveland pothole response time slower than other cities

6:57 PM, Feb 15, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Whether you call them potholes or chuck holes, you can pretty much call them a nuisance.

And we're hearing more complaints about the growing problem on Cleveland's city streets. So we took a look at how other cities handle the pothole problem.

The City of Cleveland has 6 to 7 crews covering 82 square miles of city streets. They tell Channel 3, at this point, the response time to a complaint can be anywhere from 10 to 20 days.

Parma allocates 3 crews for 20 square miles and says they can respond to a dangerous pothole within 30 minutes if need be.

Pittsburgh, which has similar weather, has anywhere from 6 to 12 crews for a city smaller than Cleveland by 30 square miles.

And Buffalo has 7 permanent crews for pothole repair and is the same size as Pittsburgh. The city of Buffalo also guarantees pothole repair within 48 hours of one being reported.

The City of Cleveland tells Channel 3 it tries to respond as quickly as possible.

They can't put more crews on the city streets until snow removal is completed for the season, because those trucks are the same used for salt and snow plowing.


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