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'Operation Pothole' crews will try to plug more than 10,000 holes in L.A. streets

December 29, 2010 |  1:57 pm

Angelenos tired of bumping and jarring atop city roads may soon get a smoother ride as part of "Operation Pothole."

City Council President Eric Garcetti, the Board of Public Works and the Bureau of Street Services are joining forces for a major push on the weekend of Jan. 8-9 to plug up cracks, ruts and crevices on roadways damaged by recent storms.

About 50 crews -– two to three times the normal number -- will be deployed each day to fill an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 potholes around the city, according to Guy Lipa, a legislative deputy in Garcetti’s office. Anyone who spots a pothole is urged to call 311 now so the Bureau of Street Services can organize a list of needed repairs, he said.

"The more potholes that we can identify, the more potholes we can fill," Garcetti said in a statement. "Please don’t assume that the city will magically know about the pothole near your house or on your way to work."

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