LAKE BALBOA (CNS) — A “pothole blitz” by the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services aimed at fixing some of the damage inflicted on city streets after the above-average rainfall this year kicked into high gear Saturday.

Fueled by an extra $250,000 in funding ap­proved by the City Council re­cently, city workers have been out actively look­ing for potholes that need fixing, rather than the common practice of re­spon­ding to sites reported by residents through the MyLA311 mobile app and phone number, which is the primary way the city re­ceives pothole repair re­quests.

This is the second week­end of the four-weekend  “pothole blitz,” but the first where actual potholes are being filled, as last week­end was focused on as­sess­ments and in­spec­tions, according to the De­partment of Public Works.

Councilwoman Nury Mar­tinez, who introduced the motion calling for the “pot­hole blitz,” plans to con­duct a news con­fer­ence in Lake Balboa to an­nounce the number of iden­tif­ied potholes from last weekend’s inspections.

“As you can tell by dri­ving around our city, not only do you see these pot­holes, but they are be­com­ing more and more ap­par­ent that we just can’t keep up with the re­pairs,” Martinez said dur­ing a recent City Coun­cil meet­ing when the extra pot­hole funds were dis­cussed.

The pothole motion, which was approved March 1, says the Bureau of Street Services received 3,911 pothole repair re­quests in January and was on pace to receive even more in February.

The motion also says that the MyLA311 mobile app and phone number is the primary way the city receives pothole repair requests, but that many communities are not “as savvy or educated in using MyLA311” as others, and that the city should proactively send crews out to identify unreported potholes over the four-weekend period.

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