According to an article in the LA Times titled “Putting potholes in their place,” 300,000 potholes were repaired in Los Angeles in 2011.
It won’t surprise anyone to know that the city of Los Angeles has more streets than any other municipality in the country — 6,500 miles of them. That translates into an awful lot of potholes. A true pothole can be easily patched with asphalt. Last year, the city fixed 300,000 of them. But if it turns out to be a gaping wound in the road formed by a sunken trench or the diabolical natural wonders known as water and trees, then you have to get in line for repairs.
One of the big challenges with fixing that many potholes is figuring out who is finding the money to make all those repairs. According to the article LA is spending more than $21 million annually to maintain and repair their roads.
In order to stay on top of potholes LA is now offering a citywide 311 hotline service for reporting potholes and other municipal issues. If you live in Los Angeles or are a visitor, don’t hesitate to dial 311 to report especially bad potholes on the streets of LA.