Richmond gets good marks for fixing potholes

By Ben Garbarek  - bio | email
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Spring is around the corner, and so is pothole season. One website is helping the city of Richmond keep up with roads problems left behind by winter. We decided to check out some of the potholes listed on the site  Hanne Mickell was checking out her car after she had the misfortune of driving into a pothole reported on the site earlier today.

"I just turned the corner and bang. I was afraid I had hit something, not a pothole but something else and I thought 'oh, what happened?'" Mickell said.

City officials monitor the site and add these reports to their to-do list. The website gives Richmond high marks for fixing potholes quickly, coming in sixth out of hundreds of cities around the world.

"We're doing everything we can to make sure service requests are answered as quickly as we can get to them so to know we're being recognized is great," said Sharon North.

A pothole right in front of Jafar Abdul Rahman's house was also reported. He says the roads in northern states are a lot worse, so he's not surprised to hear Richmond fared better.

"I've seen a lot of trucks out, repairing potholes, a lot more than I've have in the past since I been here, keeping the roads well-maintained," he said.

Kirsten Boyd has a pothole two houses down from her off Cary Street. She says swerving around potholes has become second nature and she's surprised to see Richmond high on the list.

"There are a lot of potholes, yes, and they seem to get fixed but it's a never-ending battle," Boyd said.

Richmond has more reports on the site than the five higher ranked cities combined.

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