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Mayor Miner: City Has Filled Over 3,200 Potholes Since April

By Staff


squid-300x184Mayor Stephanie Miner announced Thursday that, since mounting GPS enabled equipment on Department of Public Works (DPW) DuraPatcher trucks in April, the city of Syracuse has filled over 3,260 potholes.

Miner said the city recently implemented the data technology, in an effort to link infrastructure-related decisions to data and statistics.

“I am proud of the work Syracuse DPW crews do every day, to make sure we have safe and quality streets,” the mayor stated. “I am equally proud to have the opportunity to implement new technologies, so we can make smarter decisions based on data, stretching our dollars further, and providing better service to our residents. Filling over 3,000 potholes in this short span of time is an important service to our community, but, it is equally important that we can better document this work. That gives us a better overall understanding of the quality of our streets, and helps us determine what our maintenance priorities need to be.”

In April, Miner announced the city would partner with New York City-based startup ARGO Labs, to use Street Quality Identification Devices, known as SQUID, which can be mounted onto the back of DPW trucks.

Fitted with a small camera and accelerometer, these devices can record the texture of the roads, while simultaneously taking photographs to determine where potholes may exist.

Then, once the DPW has been notified of the potholes, they dispatch a DuraPatcher truck to an area to repair the damage.

“With these advancements, we can better plan our infrastructure improvements, and address these key quality of life issues for all Syracusans,” Miner said. “I would encourage residents to call, log-on, or tweet us whenever they see a pothole, so we can keep our roads in good condition.”

The city’s CityLine service request hotline continues to be available at 448-CITY, during normal business hours for those with questions, concerns, or issues, the city stated.

In addition, CityLine has also recently expanded, which will enable residents to submit service requests on Twitter, using the handle @SYRCityLine, according to officials.

Visit cityline.syrgov.net for additional information regarding the service.

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