Street crews get early start on potholes

April showers bring May flowers – but first come the potholes.

Last year street crews filled nearly 4,800 of them and this year, a break in the weather this January gave crews a head start. As of April 12, more than 2,500 potholes have been filled.

“The weather is cooperating with us more,” said Marlene Feist, spokesperson for the City of Spokane. “We’ve been able to stay on top of the potholes as they are happening, more than having a large crop, if you will.”

City crews poured hot mix patches along Riverside Avenue in Spokane where in a matter of weeks, there will be more foot traffic than cars.

We always try to get in and fill pothole and do street repairs on the Bloomsday route to avoid as much injury as possible to the runners,” Feist said.

City crews are also doing grind and overlay work along busy arterials like Wellesley Avenue.

“We are taking a look at where pang conditions are poor, and where we see more volume of traffic, and trying to prioritize those to impact more of our traveling public,” Feist said.

The city needs help keeping track of all the potholes. If you see one in your neighborhood, call 311.