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Raleigh Road Crews Get Assist From WRAL.com To Fix Potholes

Posted February 9, 2004 7:34 a.m. EST

— North Carolina has the second-largest state-maintained highway system in the nation. It incorporates more than 78,000 miles of highways.

More than 2,800 miles of those roadways are in Wake County, of which 990 miles are maintained by Raleigh city workers.

With the assistance of WRAL.com, crews are working to smooth out many of the bumps on the roads.

Crews all over the Triangle are hustling to fill in pesky potholes. Crews recently worked to fix the ones on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, and some drivers said it was about time.

"I do think that this section of Glenwood inside the city limits from Crabtree Valley Mall to Oberlin Road is not taken care of fast enough," driver David Gillespie said.

Said driver Mildred Bradley: "I'm expecting to, maybe, have my wheels lined up again."

The city, who has every worker it can spare repairing the potholes, said it received some help in tracking where the bad potholes are located.

WRAL.com created

to spread the word on troublesome holes in the road. In less than a week, vistors to the Web site reported nearly 100 potholes.

"Well, I have a computer on my desk, and we do have your Web site, and we have looked at it," said Raleigh street superintendent Elwood Davis. "We've pulled several places off of it where we've gone and worked inside the city limits of Raleigh."

The best pothole solution is to call your city or town in incorporated areas and call the state Department of Transportation for everywhere else. In Raleigh, officials said they do not mind if you just put it on the web.

"We're glad to see it," Davis said. "We can't be on every street everyday, and anybody giving us a heads-up is appreciated."

Every once in a while, the DOT will pay you for pothole damage to your car.

State policy said if the DOT has not been notified about a pothole and you hit it, you have to pay. The state might foot the bill if you can prove it was negligent in not filling a crater. To qualify, you must prove you reported the pothole at least 24 hours before your car was damaged.