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Time to Report Potholes, Getting Ready for Potholepalooza

March 18, 2019

Pothole on Warder Street in front of the school.

If the streets in Park View are any indicator, it looks like the extreme swings in temperature this winter have resulted in a bumper crop of potholes for the 2019 season. New Hampshire Avenue has a good number and the section of Warder Street in front of the school and recreation center are particularly bad.

This weekend, I took some time to walk the streets, photograph potholes, and report them to the DC 311 system. As potholepalooza hasn’t kicked off yet, this seems like the perfect time to get these requests in so that our streets will be in good repair until next winter.

Many may think of potholes as a nuisance to drivers, but more than that, they can slow down bus service and significantly impact bicycle and pedestrian safety. Potholes in crosswalks, for example, become trip hazards. As noted above, we have some severe potholes in front of the Park View School building and these  need to be a priority on the repair list.

Commissioner Boese out documenting potholes to report to 311 for service.

The map below shows the areas where I found potholes thus far. I haven’t been able to walk every street yet, so if you see one on your street please add it to the 311 system.

Potholepalooza Kicks Off Today!

April 3, 2017

Mayor Bowser at the kickoff of the 2015 Potholepalooza.

Mayor Bowser is kicking off the 2017 Potholepalooza today at 10:30 a.m. Potholepalooza is the annual campaign to speed up pothole repairs throughout D.C. by responding to service requests within 48 hours for 30 days. This year’s launch will be at the 2200 block of 19th Street, between Kalorama and Columbia roads, NW.

Mayor Bowser will be joined by Jeff Marootian, deputy director of the D.C. Department of Transportation for the launch.

Residents are encouraged to report potholes by calling 311, utilizing social media or contacting the city through online forms and emails. Visit the pothole repair site here and request repairs here.

Potholepalooza to Kick Off on March 20th This Year

March 14, 2014
Pothole on the 500 block of Irving Street, NW.

Pothole on the 500 block of Irving Street, NW.

This year’s exceptionally cold and snowy winter has been harsher than most in the recent past, so we’re really going to have a lot of potholes on our streets. Leading up to this year’s Potholepalooza, the city is encouraging residents to report pothole locations leading up to the annual 30-day campaign that begins on March 20th (weather permitting).

During the annual 30-day campaign, crews from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will expedite pothole repairs on roadways across the city. Residents and commuters are encouraged to continue to phone (311), go online (, tweet (@DDOTDC), e-mail (, visit the campaign’s Facebook page ( or use the DC311 smartphone app to submit requests for pothole repairs. As part of Potholepalooza, DDOT will be adding extra crews to fill potholes and will aim to repair identified locations within 48 hours (the normal response time is within 72 hours).

DDOT encourages residents to provide as much detail as possible when reporting potholes, including the precise location and quadrant of the city as well as the approximate size and depth of the pothole. DDOT crews also will be out and about proactively identifying potholes.

This is a wonderful opportunity for residents to collaborate with the city and get our streets back in good repair after this cold, harsh winter.

Dangerous Pothole/Depression on Irving Street

February 3, 2012

For those that travel on Irving Street east of Georgia Avenue, beware of the pothole — or road slab depression — that is wreaking havoc on the 500 block of the street. Vehicles have been observed veering into the next lane as they approach this severe depression in the roadway. Based on the paint markings, this looks like a failed repair from earlier this year.

500 block of Irving Street, NW


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