Friday, January 15, 2010

Potholes Down?

  • Chicago streets are so far being hit with fewer potholes this winter, Chicago Department of Transportation officials said today.

    City crews filled 33,000 potholes between Dec. 1 and Jan. 10, officials said. That’s 12,000 fewer than during the same period last year.

    The number of calls to report potholes to the city’s 311 Call Center is also down.

Maybe 311 is just doing a better job of eliminating duplicate calls? Our completely unscientific survey of the radio zone reveals an almost 10% increase in broken water mains and leaking hydrants that freeze into ice dams. Sewer collapses are on a record pace though.

It's all just nonsense by Shortshanks and his department heads.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Temp was below freezing since Xmas till yesterday. Once the snow melts and the water runs into the cracks in the street then we will see potholes when the temp goes below freezing and the ice expands.

1/15/2010 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The high number of potholes last year directly relates to the low number of homicides. The extremely cold weather and not Daley or Jfed are responsible for last years downturn in homicides

1/15/2010 12:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait for the sink holes that are coming.

1/15/2010 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1/15/2010 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Misleading, at best. Wait til this week, when the temperatures finally get above freezing for a few days.

It's the freeze-thaw CYCLE that pops the pavement. We've been below freezing longer than usual this year. NOW comes the fun.

1/15/2010 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read between the lines. It said they "filled" 12,000 less potholes, not that there were 12,000 less!

This is Chicago, remember? Read what they meant, not what they said.

1/15/2010 01:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason the number of pothole complaints to 311 are down is because no one wants to waste their time on something that is ignored. Anyone can tell you that there are thousands of potholes throughout city its unbearable to drive anywhere. It makes me sick to drive a nice car that I work my butt off to pay for and have it abused by our streets. The mayor is in bed with the tire and automotive repair shops, his bank account and everyone profits from damaged tires, rims, and rods. The only people who are screwed is the tax payers and people that own cars. Why even bother calling 311, I'd have to call them fifty times to report every pot hole every 10 feet on the way to work. That's why the calls are down. But I am the idiot, why am I driving to work???? I should be sitting on my butt jobless drinking my orange pop with LINK card in my hand claiming some made up disability like they all do!

1/15/2010 02:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

only morale is down :(

1/15/2010 07:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the current thaw will bring on a whole new batch of potholes....

1/15/2010 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is the new J-Jag tactic.Look for every department to copy. Less police ...there must be less reports and less crime. Less pothole crews must mean we filled less potholes, there must be less potholes right??? This guy is the Joe Izuzu of government ,laughing his way to the bank every month dreaming up political strategies to make himself look good thinking we ALL graduated from a Fenger type school. GFY J-Pump!!!

1/15/2010 07:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are potholes that are over 2 years old---unfilled.

1/15/2010 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you can't even get a garbage can told me it would take 3 weeks...

1/15/2010 08:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any clue on how long it takes the city to process a damage to vehicle pothole claim? it has been (10) months this week.

1/15/2010 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drove to midway to pick up a friend all around the airport 1 lane, potholes opening up everywhere great job little tommy byrne rat!

1/15/2010 12:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last year there were a lot more pot holes, I don't know why but there were.

1/15/2010 12:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How the fuck can we judge the pothole situation by one snowfall? This is just a jump on the media with bullshit stats to give make way for someone ego, and political aspirations. Ain't that right Tom Thumb?

1/15/2010 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't fret Lil' Tommy Byrne is all over it but may try to hide all that money he has made from the city and state in some of the potholes!

1/15/2010 01:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why doesn't some whipper-snapper reporter film every street an alderman, Daley, and other clouted king and queen live on to see how many pot holes infest their street? I'm betting their streets are as smooth as a baby's be-hind.

just wondering

1/15/2010 01:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The high number of potholes last year directly relates to the low number of homicides. The extremely cold weather and not Daley or Jfed are responsible for last years downturn in homicides

1/15/2010 12:05:00 AM


1/15/2010 03:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My street was just repaved this summer and there is already a pothole forming in front of my house.

Everything now-a-days is shit!

1/15/2010 03:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom Byrne fixed all those potholes
last year! Thats why he moved over to streets and san, his work was done at transportation, now over to S&S to fix what Picardi screwed up!

1/15/2010 07:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's because they're not answering the phone. Seriously. They're not cleaning up after traffic crashes either. Our tax dollars at rest.

1/16/2010 03:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's because of the weather. A couple of weeks ago, we had a garage fire. There were FIVE frozen hydrants. That is almost 2 blocks worth of hydrants. We looked at the hydrant inspection reports we did, and it was noted that these same hydrants have not been draining (water left in the barrel) for 2 years. Noone is fixing these hydrants, probably because they fired all the water dept. people. Luckily there were no garages next to it or the whole block would have burned down. We eventually put it out with tank water that we carry in the engine. If this was a house fire, the results could have been much worse.

1/16/2010 07:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...a garbage can told me it would take 3 weeks...
1/15/2010 08:33:00 AM

Cool, a talking garbage can!

1/16/2010 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The potholes are soo bad this year, I saw a Revenue PEA helping change a tire on Belmont near Hudson the other day.

1/16/2010 11:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just wait for a couple of freeze-thaw cycles, lots of pot-holes will appear.

1/17/2010 06:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Potholes Down?"

The definition of what constitutes a "pothole" has changed. It has come to the attention of Streets & San Boss Tom Byrne that many holes in the street previously called "potholes" were, in fact, something else.

So, in the interest of accuracy, the definition of "pothole" has been greatly narrowed to give the public the true picture of how many "potholes" exist in the city.

Some holes in the street that were wrongly classified as "potholes" will now be classified according to size.

Example: Old: "pothole"

New: bump, pimple, fissure, crack, street anomaly, mild asphalt displacement, moderate asphalt displacement, severe asphalt displacement, tooth rattler, frame buster, engine mount cracker, great big fucking grand canyon sized depression, holy fucking shit that thing is big, huge mother fucking hole and in most cases, mildly rough street.

The City of Chicago has thus reduced the potholes by almost 95% from last year!

A raise and a new Lincoln Town Car will be forthcoming to Commissioner Byrne for his swift and innovative actions stated the mayor.

"We need more like Tom Byrne here" praised mayor daley as the mayor drooled while struggling to control a newly discovered nervous twitch noticed by reporters recently.

The City That Works!

1/18/2010 06:12:00 AM  

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