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Repairing San Antonio's Pothole Problem

Posted on 03/16/18 by JT Marek

Anyone who has ever stepped foot in Texas knows just how much of a nuisance potholes can be.

More than just an annoying dip in the road, potholes can damage a car, from popping or tearing tires and bending rims, to wearing on a suspension system. According to a recent study by AAA, U.S. drivers have spent an estimated $15 billion over five years to repair their cars from the potholes, with the average driver paying $300. More importantly, potholes account for a third of the annually approximated 33,000 traffic fatalities.

“The improvement of streets in San Antonio is vitally important, especially to those 50+,”says Lisa Rodriguez, who leads AARP’s work in San Antonio. “Potholes can be a financial burden, and are a health risk to everyone who encounters them.”

A 2016 report concluded 41% of San Antonio’s major roads are in poor condition, the 21st highest rate. San Antonio drivers pay $791 annually due to poor roads–the tenth most nationwide and more than double the national average. San Antonio streets were the worst of any Texas city for both these metrics.

San Antonio has made notable progress, however. In the past year alone, the city has repaired more than 75,000 potholes–and 15 percent of those repairs were initiated because someone reported the issue to 311.

While the city works to improve roads, you can take three steps.

  1. Properly inflate your tires to lessen the damage of potholes. Since tires are the only buffer between the road and your car, a deflated tire not only increases the risk of popping it, it also exposes the body of the car to damage.
  2. Report potholes you encounter. Download the free San Antonio 311 app to easily tag problem locations and upload pictures of the damaged road.
  3. Fill out the city’s short form regarding potholes so that San Antonio leaders can better understand the issue.

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