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Seattle kicks off "Pothole Palooza" campaign to fix pothole problem

Seattle kicked off it's Pothole Palooza program on Monday, a 10-day campaign to tackle the city's pothole problem areas. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - The pothole hotspots in Seattle are all over the map. The worst are in Capitol Hill and South Seattle, according to Seattle Department of Transportation.

“All up and down Marginal East and West Marginal Way is covered with them,” said driver Jeff Fergueson.

“They're pretty bad over on the south side on Renton Avenue South,” said Carmen Pineda.

On Monday, the City of Seattle kicked off an aggressive 10-day campaign to tackle the pothole problem.

It’s asking residents to use the, “Find It, Fix It” phone app to report problem spots in their area. Residents can even take a picture of the problem and attach it to their request for service..

“I would like to think people would take a small step like this to fix a pretty big problem,” said Sarah Moon of Capitol Hill.

The city says the goal is to get to the problem spot within 72 hours of it being reported. The app is drawing mixed reactions from the residents.

“I don't know if I would take the time to use it,” said Richard Drews.

“It's very user-friendly. It's super easy to use. But, I think the biggest hurdle is getting people to download the app,” said Moon.

A Seattle Department of Transportation Spokesman said they added 11 new crews to make repairs on potholes around the city.

The city says starting Monday, crews are patching up potholes using a different method, switching from a cold patch to a hot patch.

“They're longer lasting than those temporary cold patches,” said Norm Mah, spokesman for Seattle Department of Transportation.

Skeptics have big questions over how long those patches will last.

“I just drove down that street one or two blocks to park here. Definitely, the entire street was pecked with potholes,” said driver David Citrin.

For now, if you see a pothole, the city says report it. Either report it online, call it in, or better yet use the city's "Find It, Fix It Phone App."

“Right now, after all this rain, they all need something like that. Some of them are really bad,” said Fergueson.

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