City: We’ve ‘turned corner’ with pothole patching blitz

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With the city’s road crew staff growing by at least one this weekend — none other than Mayor Bill Peduto himself — the job of filling Pittsburgh’s potholes was showing results.

Pittsburgh operations director Guy Costa said the city received 1,366 requests to fill potholes from Wednesday through Friday and, with a full-out blitz to repair them, “I thought we turned the corner” on Saturday, he said. He said an accurate count should be available today. Mr. Costa said a few crews were out until 2 p.m. Sunday and 10 more crews were to be out overnight, weather permitting.

Residents continued to tweet-report pothole problems to the Pgh311 Twitter account on Sunday, from a “foot-deep” hole on South Beatty in Shadyside, to a blown tire on Fifth Avenue near Morewood Avenue to a road crater on Centre Avenue near Penn Circle in East Liberty in which “someone could lose a Prius in front of Whole Foods,” the poster wrote.

Mr. Costa said Fifth Avenue in Oakland near Carlow College will be one focus in coming days, as well as milling Negley Run Boulevard, which he said “has been a problem for us all winter.”

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