Arlington Filling More Potholes Than Last Winter

by ARLnow.com March 1, 2012 at 9:45 am 3,333 15 Comments

Thanks to the mild winter, the District of Columbia has reported a 22 percent drop in the number of complaints about potholes. After all, the warmer weather isn’t as conducive to pothole formation. Across the Potomac, however, Arlington’s pothole repairs crews have been busy.

Since the start of November, Arlington County has filled 2,184 potholes. That compares to 1,174 potholes filled by this time last year — an 86 percent increase. Why so many?

Department of Environmental Services spokeswoman Shannon Whalen McDaniel says the weather has allowed crews to get a head start on pothole repairs.

“The warmer weather has enabled crews to get out more frequently to repair the roads,” Whalen McDaniel said. “It’s helped us to get a jump start on the official pothole season that starts in early March.”

Residents can report potholes on the pothole page of the county’s website.

  • The snow removal budget is likely way under, so money likely was diverted to this task.

    • Quoth the Raven

      Sadly, I bet they’ve managed to somehow burn through a bunch of the snow budget. They certainly spent some $$$ dumping tons and tons of salt everywhere a couple of weeks ago.

      • b0rk

        My rotting truck agrees. No shortage of salt strewn.

  • Rick

    Well yeah when you do it wrong the first time they get counted twice.

    • Mario

      Seriously. Look at the patch job in that picture. Did they sub that out to some 3rd graders with their Tonka trucks?

      • It looks like it was patched temporarily and now it has been identified (by the paint) to be cut out and patched solidly.

  • Brian

    Arlington DES is wonderful … one of the few county agenices I love

  • Suburban Not Urban

    Yea but what’s the increase in the pothole – population. Typical county math – the taxes only increase by a small percent but the number of taxpayers increases by a bigger percent and they claim that the budget hasn’t increased much.

  • BreakPause02

    Last year, even as it was warmer towards the end of winter, and with very little snow the county said:

    County Manager Barbara Donnellan says the county is waiting for the beginning of spring to fix most of the potholes on local roads. Donnellan, speaking at Saturday’s county board meeting, said “it’s better” to fix the roads after the winter


    • Greg

      Had the same thought.

      Though, the potholes on the roads I drive are worse this year than any of the past five or six years. Some those potholes have been there since LAST winter. Maybe they’re trying to address complaints.

  • Runaway Train

    It would be helpful if the county’s pothole website gave a confirmation number or tracking # for residents to follow up if needed.
    I have reported a couple potholes on my street every 30 days since Nov. I’ve even called the county asking what’s the deal. They couldn’t tell me if there was any record of my report or not, took the information again, and it still hasn’t been fixed.

  • PUP

    one time there was pothole so large on wilson blvd. that me & some friends had a breath-holding contest in it, i won. there was a fish in there, too. he was nice!

  • mickey644

    Arlington County prides itself as having the worst roads in the world…..right up there with Bangladesh! Try Wilson between 10th and Glebe!! That’s why the savvy drivers drive beaters…if you don’t your car turns into a beater! I have seen potholes up to 8″ deep and 3’x3′ near Ballston Metro! Yep, they definitely outdo themselves with the roads!

    • Rick

      Yeah N 9th Street is a mess. The sidewalk is just as bumpy too

    • Bluemontsince1961

      You said it, Mickey. Wilson west of Glebe for the first 2-3 blocks is like the old washboard road in the old movies.


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