HOUSTON, TX - Potholes! They're eyesores and safety hazards! We drive over 'em and we try to avoid 'em. Quite frankly, potholes are a real pain in the you-know-what!
For newly inaugurated Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, they are also a number one priority. During his inauguration speech on January 4, Turner said "Within two weeks from today, potholes that are properly reported to the city`s 3-1-1 help and information line will be assessed and addressed the next business day."
He's making good on his campaign promise to fix 'em. In fact, ahead of time. There were more than 400 potholes in need of repair on inauguration day. His first day on the job, the Mayor announced a soft launch of his 24-hour turnaround program and it's working. Today, more than 90% of the inauguration day potholes have been repaired. But he pointed out during Wednesday's City Council meeting, repairing the potholes is a short-term solution to a long-term problem.
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District A Council Member Brenda Stardig believes "citizens need to see success with their tax dollars by seeing the potholes are being filled."
The program's added feature includes an automated response. Once you report a specific pothole, you'll automatically hear back about the solution to your problem. In other words, your complaint won't fall into some deep hole!