Program to fix potholes within one business day begins Tuesday

- Under Houston’s new mayor, the city’s pockmarked roads may get some filler to smooth out one of Sylvester Turner’s campaign promises.

In his inaugural address, the mayor promised to launch a new plan to fix potholes reported to 311 within one business day.

 Before his plan, the goal to fix them was 30 days.

The mayor's office has said the initiative will officially start next Tuesday, on January 19, but this week, they've already soft-launched the plan, testing the system to see what they can improve.

Part of the plan includes responding to pothole problems that people have reported through the Houston 311 app.

The mayor's office is encouraging people to call and report what they see, and it seems people are listening.

Since they've announced the plan – the mayor’s office says the city has gone from an average of 22 reported potholes a day from the public to more than 100.

As for how the city plans on paying for this aggressive plan, the mayor's office said there is funding leftover from the previous mayor's budget, and that right now, officials are confident they can get things done with the money that has already been allocated for this.

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