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Pothole Blitz underway in Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Drivers are dishing out hundreds of dollars to repair their cars after running through potholes that cover Jackson streets. 

Now, the City of Jackson has announced the Pothole Blitz is underway where potholes are being repaired, ward by ward.

Calls continue coming into the 311 service line. The majority of the service calls, are residents reporting potholes.

"I just had to pay $800 for two shocks at the front. Potholes broke my shocks,"said Jarvis Terrell.

Last year alone data from the City of Jackson revealed more than 22 thousand city service requests were made. 

Terrell, a Jackson resident, said he believes the pothole problem has gotten worse.

"Terrible, it needs to be fixed," added Terrell. "It's gotten worse. Every time it rains it caves and then we have a hole in the street."

Due to the growing number of potholes, crews are working in all weather conditions to repair roads. The city has now started its Pothole Blitz in an effort to respond to the urgent need of road problems.

City of Jackson Director of Communications, Shelia Byrd, said, "The 311 calls are critical and that's why we encourage residents to call into the system," said City of Jackson Director of Communications Shelia Byrd. "That's how we determine what areas and what we are going to cover. Now, we are going to use the 311 calls to prioritize the potholes that we fill, but then we look at it again to schedule by wards."

"I just want the potholes fixed," said Terrell. "Get the streets back to what they need to be. Just blacktop the whole street."

The Pothole Blitz is in conjunction with an upcoming street paving project also funded by the one percent sales tax.

Byrd said the city has one billion dollars worth of infrastructure needs. Pothole filling is considered interim work and will be done continuously as the city moves forward with the 20 year infrastructure master plan.

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