On the heels of yesterdays’ news of our snowiest half-decade ever, there’s an interesting fact in this story by PlanPhilly’s Christine Fisher: The Philadelphia Streets Department has filled more potholes this winter than any one in history. Like, probably dating back to 1682 or something.
“It’s been an unusually tough winter, and with potholes being repaired at a record pace an increased investment in paving is being made in this capital budget,” said Andrew Stober, chief of staff at the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities.
The Streets Department has already repaired more than 12,200 potholes.
Each pothole, Fisher writes, costs just $22 to fix — so the cost isn’t as astronomical as one might fear. The department will get $16 million for street paving in the 2015 budget proposal.