Pothole patrol: Don't get angry, get results

Report one on your commute

CINCINNATI – It’s getting warmer out, and that means thousands of Tri-Staters are about to hit the road.

That's why WCPO Traffic Reporter Adam Marshall is on your side getting results with his ‘Pothole Patrol’ series.

Tiana Smith and Mary Smith reached out to Marshall on Facebook, concerned about potholes on Columbia Avenue in Reading, Ohio.

Now, thanks to Pothole Patrol, they’re fixed.

Here's a look at the potholes before and after.

"I'm glad (the city fixed the potholes), it's about time,” said Anne McLain, who works near Columbia Avenue. “It gets kind of bad through here with all the trucks… You kind of wonder if the bridge is going to fall because there's so many potholes."

City officials say potholes don't often get reported, but when they do, they are cared for on a first-come, first-served basis.

"We're going as fast as we can and I've directed everyone to go faster," Mayor John Cranley said.

One common misconception is if your car is damaged on the interstate, the city will cover the cost of repairs.

“The interstates are not under our responsibility,” Director of Cincinnati Public Services Gerald Checco said. “The interstates are being maintained and operated by the Ohio Department of Transportation. If we have potholes or other issues like guardrail issues or whatever, than the state of Ohio takes care of interstates.”

If you're in Cincinnati and a pothole damages your car, it has to be previously reported for the city to pay for the damage.

On interstates, both the Ohio Department of Transportation and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say they have similar policies.

Know of a pothole on your commute?

To report a pothole to Cincinnati, download the city's mobile app here , go to their website or call 513-591-6000.

In Kentucky drivers can report a pothole at the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet website or call 1-800-PATCHIT.

In addition to reporting it to the city, submit it in the map below, so we can investigate and work to help get them fixed. Check back with 9 On Your Side on-air and here on WCPO.com for our weekly pothole patrol reports in an effort to make Cincinnati roadways safer.

Report a pothole near you.

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