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Pittsburgh ‘pothole blitz’ set Nov. 17-19

Pittsburgh wants to plug potholes before asphalt plants close for the winter and is asking for public help in locating them.

Mayor Bill Peduto on Thursday announced a three-day “pothole blitz” running from Nov. 17-19. Department of Public Works crews will work 12-hour shifts each day to patch rocky streets identified by the public.

Peduto spokesman said the city is preemptively making repairs before the onset of bad weather, which typically wreaks havoc on city streets.

“It’s sort of like one last gasp of getting hold of these things with the help of residents before winter sets in,” he said.

Repairs will be based on pothole repair requests phoned into the city 311 response center or made via the Internet.

Calls to 311 are answered by an operator from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Callers outside city limits can phone 412-255-2621. Voice or text messages can be submitted by dialing or texting 412-573-9736. Online submissions can be sent at any time via Twitter to @Pgh311, or the city website at

Bob Bauder is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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