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Keeping track of pothole repairs through new Pothole Tracker

A worker fills a pothole.
A worker fills a pothole.Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

For Chicagoans who have called 311, submitted a pothole repair request online or submitted a pothole alley repair request online, Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced Pothole Tracker on Fri., Jan. 17, a new way to keep track of if/when the repairs actually happen.

Pothole Tracker, powered by the City’s Open Data Portal, tracks all potholes filled in the past seven days. Click on a blue dot and an online viewer can see the exact address, the date the pothole repair was completed and how many other potholes were filled on the same block.

It's not a crowd-sourcing site like Boston's Street Bump app, where drivers download the iPhone app, "Record a Trip" and then the information is automatically sent over to government officials. Chicagoans have full control over the reports and can monitor when the work is done. The downside of the Street Bump app is drivers have to watch their phones to make sure each pothole was recognized. If not, they'll end up submitting the requests anyway.

According to the City of Chicago website, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) patched more than 50,000 potholes this year in streets and alleys across Chicago, using 1,000 tons of asphalt patching material.

In 2013, CDOT repaired more than 625,000 potholes.

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