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City adding road crew workers to fill potholes

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Potholes on the ramp from Lake Shore Drive to upper Wacker Drive. (Mel Cragwell) Potholes on the ramp from Lake Shore Drive to upper Wacker Drive. (Mel Cragwell)
Potholes on upper Wacker Drive. (Mel Cragwell) Potholes on upper Wacker Drive. (Mel Cragwell)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

More more more - an influx of pothole repair crews will canvas the city in the coming days. The announcement came from Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Saturday afternoon.

"The city has to do something as soon as possible because it's messy everywhere," said Tony Ola in an interview with Fox 32's Tisha Lewis.

Ola knows a thing or two about navigating city streets and avoiding potholes. He has driven a taxi for nearly six years and says the massive gaping hole is more than he's seen in years past.

"It's like everywhere you drive to, there's potholes everywhere so they need to do something as soon as possible," said Ola.

Heeding the calls and complaints, Mayor Emanuel announced the Chicago Department of Transportation is adding six more pothole repair crews capable of filling an additional 1500 potholes a day.

"They'll be as many as 30 crews out on the street. We've doubled the number of weekend crews starting March 1st," said Tom Carney, Deputy Commissioner of CDOT.

"Oh that's a lot. That seems perfect if you ask me, giving the people what they want," said Vito Rodriguez.

For Rodriguez, a smooth commute would be nice.

He says the pothole problem is widespread thanks to this season's historic and harsh arctic weather.

"They are pretty bad. They are pretty bad everywhere. Even when I go to the suburbs they're bad, much worse. They need some work on these highways, they need work everywhere," said Rodriguez.

Mayor Emanuel also announced this week plans to repave 300 miles of city streets this summer which will reportedly reduce the number of potholes next winter. In the meantime, Chicagoans can track the fight against potholes on the City's Pothole Tracker app or call 3-1-1.

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