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Strike teams to tackle potholes on Chicago streets

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The "Pothole Strike Team" has taken a new approach to dealing with potholes on Chicago's streets.

"Mother Nature decided to leave nothing but pothole ruin on our streets throughout the city of Chicago," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Rather than just respond to complaints made to 3-1-1 about potholes throughout the city, the new strike teams will spend Mondays and Fridays of each week working on a grid system. Their focus will predominately be repairs on the main arterial streets.

Mayor Emanuel said that the grid system is a far more efficient way to deploy manpower, and will fill more potholes for less money.

"It's much more effective than just responding to all the requests to 3-1-1 individually by blocks. And so they can get more work done going down a longer part of the street on the main areas in the city of Chicago," Mayor Emanuel added.

The city said that since the first of the year, crews have filled about 240,000 potholes using the cold patch, which tends to disintegrate quickly. Hot patching, which lasts longer, won't start until the weather warms up.

"Even if it's not going to last the season, it's important from a safety perspective to make sure our roads are passable, so people can get to work and school and play," said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld.

The real problem, of course, is the age and condition of many of Chicago's streets. The mayor said that the city plans to repave 300 miles worth of streets this year, which works out to about seven percent of all 4,300 miles of street.

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