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MOA hotline, website allow residents to report area potholes


Mayor Reminds Citizens: Report Potholes

Hotline, website allow residents to report area potholes

With the arrival of spring imminent, Mayor Dan Sullivan today reminded citizens of
the tools available for reporting potholes on Anchorage roads. The mayor asked for the
public's help in identifying pothole problems and reporting them to the municipality for

"There are 1,400 miles of roads in our city and we're working hard to repair the
troubled areas," Sullivan said. "Our crews are working diligently to keep the roads clear
and in good condition, but we still need the public's help in letting us know when they see
hazards like potholes."

Municipal street maintenance crews are currently repairing potholes on MOAmaintained
roads throughout Anchorage. Motorists who see hazardous potholes are
encouraged to call the Pothole Hotline at 343-6363 (MEND) or visit www.muni.org.

Upon notification, the goal of city crews is to have potholes repaired within 24 hours.
Residents are also asked to call the Street Maintenance division if they come
upon unusually large or hazardous flooding on roads or at intersections. That number is

Potholes are caused by a combination of freezing and thawing cycles, creating and
pushing cracks open in the road. While repair crews are fixing the roads, drivers are
encouraged to use the tips below and drive with caution.

Don't overdrive your view on the road. Drivers are responsible for being able to
stop short and/or maneuver in any reasonable and predictable situation. At this time of
year, potholes should not be a surprise to anyone. Keep a 12-second visual lead of the
road and cars ahead.

Don't tailgate. Too many drivers get so close to the vehicle in front of them, they
have no time to react to potholes that suddenly appear from under the car ahead. Use the
two-second rule. When the vehicle ahead of you passes a fixed object, it should take you
two seconds to get to the same object.

Watch the vehicle ahead for clues. Are cars subtly or suddenly changing their
path and/or hitting the brakes? Do the vehicles ahead suddenly drop a tire into a hole?
This may indicate you need to think about your path and speed.

Avoid or slow down through pools of water. Pools of water often conceal a
pothole. Either attempt to avoid driving through the water, or drive at a speed that won't
damage your tires, rims or vehicle. If you are following another car at a safe distance, you
may choose to follow the same path if it successfully crosses without incident.
Leave room to maneuver. Consider your path so you have ample room to drop
back or speed up to get away from other vehicles to allow you to change lanes if

Too late, you're going to hit the pothole. If the pothole is unavoidable, below are
some tips from a chief engineer of advanced technology for Goodyear:

· Don't brake. Go straight through and allow the tire to roll quickly over the hole.
Braking puts more load on the front tires and can cause more damage.

· Keep tires properly inflated. Goodyear suggests checking tire inflation at least once
a month. Tires with low inflation can be "too soft" and can flex more than properly
inflated tires. This flexing can lead to tire and wheel damage.

· Taller tires tend to survive potholes better than sporty, low-profile tires. There is
less rubber in the low-aspect tires to cushion the blow of hitting the pothole.

REPORT POTHOLES ONLINE AT http://webapps1.muni.org/pdpw/streetmaint/feedback/
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