CHICAGO — Private contractors who paved roads where potholes have formed soon will have to repair their work or reimburse the city, the mayor announced Thursday.
The Department of Transportation is conducting an audit of arterial streets that were repaved by private contractors last year, according to a spokeswoman for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
If any repair work is needed, the contractors will either be responsible or required to reimburse the city "under quality-assurance warranties," the spokeswoman said.
In 2013, city crews and contractors resurfaced nearly 300 miles of streets and alleys.
Emanuel announced last month that the city is drawing up a "robust paving plan" to resurface more roads this year. This should result in fewer potholes next winter, he said.
So far this year, the city had filled more than 215,000 potholes. Six additional crews were added last weekend, and city officials said roughly 25,000 potholes should be filled in March.