Columbus road crews fix 87,000 potholes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The city of Columbus says its road crews have fixed nearly 87,000 potholes since the beginning of the year — about half of them in the past month.

The city said Monday that 43,063 potholes were filled during an intensive month-long effort that began March 17 — thousands more than in previous springs.

Employees worked 24 hours a day as weather permitted during the last two weeks in March fixing streets that had become pock-marked during an unusually snowy and cold winter. Two weeks of 12-hour days followed that.

The work this past month followed an effort that saw 43,733 potholes fixed on city streets between Jan. 1 and March 16.

Columbus crews are responsible for 6,387 lane miles of roadway, the most of any city in Ohio.

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