Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s 50-Day Pothole Challenge Continues to Improve City Streets

Department of Transportation Provides Update on its pothole repair efforts

BALTIMORE, MD (February 26, 2020) – Today, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Baltimore City Department of Transportation Director Steve Sharkey provided an update on the success of the Mayor’s 50-day Pothole Challenge.  As part of Mayor Young’s Clean It Up! Campaign, the city is using data-driven cleaning initiatives to collaborate with residents and community partners for a cleaner, safer city.  Since the launch of challenge just two weeks ago, Transportation maintenance crews have completed over 1,300 pothole service requests to smooth and improve city roadways.

“My 50-day Pothole Challenge is off to a great start, we have completed over 25% of the challenge – but in order to continue this pace, I encourage all residents to report potholes to 311 so that together we can improve city streets,” said Mayor Young.  “One of my top priorities is to clean up this city, and with my 50-day Pothole Challenge, I encourage all residents to take part in this effort for a cleaner, safer Baltimore.”

With the 50-day challenge, the city aims to repair at least 100 pothole service requests a day for 50 days to dramatically improve roadways in Baltimore.  For this initiative to be a success, the city is asking all Baltimore residents, visitors and employees to report pesky potholes to 311 or file an online service request for repair.  Potholes that are reported to 311 are typically addressed within 48 hours and emergency situations are addressed immediately.

“Potholes are a common occurrence this time of year, and we need the public to report them to 311 so that we can get them repaired as quickly as possible,” said Director Sharkey.“Our roadway infrastructure is a quality of life issue for all residents, and we need the public to help us maintain city streets by letting us know where these issues are occurring.”

As we quickly approach the busiest month for pothole repairs, we encourage the

public to assist us with this important initiative by reporting potholes to 311.  The Department of Transportation is committed to Mayor Young’s 50-day pothole challenge, and with the public’s support, can improve the streets of Baltimore City together.

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