Pothole 101: Watch Out! It’s That Time Of Year Again
Ka-Chunk, Ka-Ching! Get Paid For Pothole Damage
The impact shakes the entire vehicle, and the sound startles you and any passengers almost as much as your full-throated scream of expletives.
It’s officially pothole season again according to the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT).
Warmer temperatures after weeks of below freezing temperatures is the cause of loosening asphalt that create potholes on city streets. It’s this freeze/thaw cycle that accounts for all the damage to streets.
CDOT officials said in a press conference Tuesday that, while there were only 100 calls over the weekend reporting potholes, there were over 400 on Monday, February 14th after the weather warmed.
According to CDOT Commissioner Bobby Ware pothole repair crews are working seven days a week, with 17-20 crews deployed during the week, four on weekends, and one overnight crew. Pothole crews have repaired over 84,000 potholes since December 1st, 2010.
Drivers who see potholes are encouraged to report them online at the city’s website or call 311.
“Every pothole reported to 311 is important to us, and will be repaired,” said Ware. “311 is a great tool that allows us to track the thousands of requests we receive.”
If your car is damaged due to a pothole on a Chicago street, the city may help you pay to have your car repaired. Stop by the Chicago City Clerk’s website for the information and the Damage to Vehicle claim form.
Make sure you attach any supporting documentation like photographs, receipts from the auto shop, etc., when you mail your claim.
It takes four to six months to hear back, as a claim travels from the Clerk to the City Council Finance Committee, the pothole location is actually confirmed by CDOT and ultimately goes back to the City Council to be approved or denied.
And don’t expect to get your repairs paid in full. The city only pays for half of the cost at best as it holds the driver at least 50% liable for the damage.