Thursday, January 15, 2009

Daley: Too cold to fill potholes

Clout Street:
Joking about the emergence of "Grand Canyon" situations on Chicago's streets, Mayor Richard Daley said today it's become too cold for city crews to effectively fill the growing crop of potholes.

City Hall's 21 pothole repair crews have been dispatched across the city, filling an average of 3,700 potholes a day over the first eight days of the year. But Daley said hundreds of new reports come in each day and thousands of potholes remain unplugged.

"When snow and ice are packed in the street, it's nearly impossible for crew to make any pothole repairs," the mayor said. "It is difficult to work with high-performance, cold patch material in sub-zero temperatures. It pops up … It's frozen when you put it down."

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