Pothole repair

Mike Bostwick, left, and Hayden Arnold pound a pothole patch flat with their shovels earlier this month.

With pothole season underway, the City of Omaha Public Works Department is supplementing its pothole repair crew with employees from the Parks Department.

The 20 park workers, plus the 150 Public Works employees who normally fill potholes, will allow each of the city’s five Public Works yards to send out three or four crews, according to Mayor Jean Stothert’s office.

If you see a pothole, you can report it to the Mayor’s Hotline at 402-444-5555 or hotline@cityofomaha.org. Or you can report it using the Omaha Mobile App on a smartphone or tablet.

The city has paid an asphalt plant to reopen early, so city crews are filling potholes with hot rather than cold asphalt. The change means the fixes should last longer.

The city has received more than 1,200 reports of potholes — including possibly some duplicates — so far in February. That led to 429 work orders, which can include more than one pothole.

Austin Rowser, Omaha’s street maintenance engineer, said the worst areas for potholes include “anywhere there’s some older asphalt pavement.”

Nevertheless, he said, “we’re staying on top of them pretty well.”

Contact the writer: 402-444-1084, roseann.moring@owh.com

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