Track Each Pothole And Crack As Street Repair Season Gets Underway

Mar 24, 2016

A view of the 231 spots the city plans to pave or repair during the 2016 street paving season.
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Kiss your favorite pothole goodbye.

Officials with Pittsburgh’s Department of Public Works released its 2016 street paving list Thursday, which includes 49.5 miles of streets to be repaired between April 1 and Oct. 31.

The city also has an interactive map, where residents can track which streets – and specific spots on those streets – will be paved, milled or repaired in some way. It’s expected to be updated as changes arise.

This year’s repaving budget is $14,887,943, more than $2.5 million more than the year before. Public Works Director Mark Gable said that's because there's more work to be done on city streets this year.

"It's really not hard to pick a street," Gable said. "I mean, almost every street is going to have some failure." 

This is also the first year that the city is contracting a company to help map streets in need of repairs. Workers from the company Cartegraph will travel down every street in the city to take note of various problems, such as potholes and cracking. 

Though the city is paying $222,766 to contract with Cartegraph, Gable said the cost of street paving is at a long-time low.

"It's around $226,000 to pave a mile of road in the City of Pittsburgh," he said. "That's probably the lowest cost I've seen in quite some time and that's reflective of the lower gas prices, lower oil prices."

Residents can call the city's non-emergency help hotline at 3-1-1 to report potholes in their area.

90.5 WESA fellow Brandon Addeo contributed to this story.