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Annual Battle Against Potholes Begins In Earnest: MAP

By  Heather Cherone and Tanveer Ali | April 18, 2017 6:05am | Updated on April 21, 2017 11:29am

 In all, 1,620 miles of city streets have been repaved since Emanuel took office in 2011.
In all, 1,620 miles of city streets have been repaved since Emanuel took office in 2011.
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CALUMET HEIGHTS — City crews have begun their annual battle against this year's crop of potholes in earnest, city officials said.

In all, 1,620 miles of city streets have been repaved since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office in 2011. That work employed 7,000 people, he said Monday at an event in Calumet Heights to tout the start of the work.

“We will continue investing in infrastructure improvements that will help us build a new Chicago and the foundation for our city’s future,” Emanuel said in a statement.

In 2016, city crews repaved 266 miles of Chicago’s streets in coordination with private utility companies, Transportation Department Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld said.

Chicagoans can track the fight against potholes online, which shows the calls for service and the number of potholes filled during each site visit — and call 311 to report a pothole.

Some of the arterial streets to be repaved in 2017 are:

• Armitage Avenue from Kostner Avenue to Pulaski Road

• North Broadway from Irving Park Road to Belmont Avenue

• North Clark Street​ from Chicago Avenue to the Chicago River Bridge

• West Harrison Street from Ashland Avenue to Halsted Street

• Archer Avenue ​from 47th Street to Kedzie Avenue

• 115th Street from State Street to Cottage Grove Avenue

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