Like daffodils and Cherry Blossoms budding in spring, potholes are in bloom on DC’s streets. In the spring, the District runs a campaign called Potholepalooza, where it encourages residents to report potholes and works to patch them faster than usual. You can track this year’s efforts with this interactive map:


On the map, different color dots represent the status of pothole repair cases. Click for the interactive version. Image from DC GIS Services.




DC’s Department of Transportation started Potholepalooza to make it easier (and maybe even fun?) to report a pothole. Fixing these nuisances doesn’t only save drivers’ axles and alignments— it also makes streets safer for people on bike and foot.

Over the last seven years, crews have filled over 64,000 potholes during the event. Usually, the response time for a pothole service request is 72 hours. But during Potholepalooza, the goal is 48 hours.

The real-time, interactive map to track repair status is a new feature this year.

District residents can contact DDOT to report potholes by calling 311 in the District, using the 311 website and DDOT’s online service request center, or emailing. They can also tweet to @DDOTDC with #potholepalooza, go to Potholepalooza’s Facebook, or use the DC311 phone app.

Kristy Cartier grew up in Vienna near Wolftrap and now resides in Herndon. She is on the board of Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park and has a master in agricultural economics. Kristy may market vehicle telematics, but she wants to see more walkable areas in Fairfax County.