HOUSTON (FOX 26) — When Sylvester Turner started his term as Mayor of Houston, he made a big promise to the City of Houston. He vowed to have potholes that were reported by the public filled the very next business day. It was a tall order considering in 2015, only five percent of reported potholes were filled the next day.
Mayor Turner conducted a news conference on Monday to show that he made good on his promise.
"98 percent in 2016, 96 percent in 2017 and 100 percent in 2018 — that credit goes entirely to these employees,“ said Turner.
The City of Houston has about 16,000 miles of streets that are maintained by Houston Public Works. In some areas, the streets are great, and in others, the streets could use some repairs. While crews are proactively filling tens of thousands of potholes a year, they still need your help in reporting them.
In 2018, 35,597 potholes were proactively filled by city workers. Of the 5,509 potholes that were reported to 311 in 2018, only 1,582 of those reports fit the definition of a pothole, which is an area of street that is missing pavement or has severely-deteriorated pavement up to 5 feet by 5 feet.
Turner wants to encourage the public to keep the calls coming in. You can report a pothole on the City of Houston 311 app or report it on the 311 website.