It’s spring and for Sacramento County Department Of Transportation (SACDOT) crews that means hitting the streets to tackle every driver’s arch enemy…the pothole. April 9 will kick off Pothole Sweeps Week. SACDOT crews will be going after the damaging potholes on unincorporated roads to remove the damage cause by weather along with wear and tear.
Pothole Sweeps Week is an intensified effort to smooth our streets and provide preventative maintenance activities for unincorporated area roadways. SACDOT annually repairs nearly 45,000 potholes.
There are more than 5,200 lane miles of paved roadways in the County’s unincorporated area, so it’s inevitable that somewhere in this large infrastructure of streets you’ll run over a pothole or two.
While Pothole Sweeps Week puts the spotlight on this roadway annoyance, weather permitting, SACDOT crews go after pothole problems every day. Along with the problems crews find, the public plays a huge role pointing out roadway issues. If you know of pothole locations, SACDOT wants to hear from you. Report all potholes by calling 311 (or 875-4311 if calling outside the unincorporated area). You can also let us know online at www.311.saccounty.net.
Annually, SACDOT averages 4,900 complaints about potholes. When crews received a pothole report, it usually takes 72 hours from the time SACDOT receives a call to fix the road. The SACDOT policy is “to repair all potholes as soon as possible.”
SACDOT holds Pothole Sweeps Week twice a year with a second effort held in the fall. Remember; if you come across crews fixing the street while traveling please be cognizant of these lane closures and the associated delays.