Pittsburgh Pothole, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Matt Niemi’s photostream

PITTSBURGH, PA – The City of Pittsburgh has begun a 72-hour pothole blitz to protect drivers from a rash of damaging potholes that have grown as a result of the winter’s freezing and thawing cycle. The blitz will last as long as the warmer weather stays in the region, which is projected to be through Friday.

“This is an all hands on deck effort to fill potholes in our city streets before the next cold spell begins,” said Mayor William Peduto. “We have city crews working in shifts 24 hour a day to ‘cold patch’ potholes in every corner of the city and we’ve activated City Parks & Recreation maintenance employees to assist.”

The public is encouraged to help in the effort by reporting potholes to 311.

Seventeen crews have been dispatched for day-time pothole duty, while 10 crews are working night shifts. Employees have also been assigned to transport cold-patch asphalt to distribution sites throughout the city.