A pothole. Image via Wikimedia Commons.
Yesterday city officials announced the launch of Fix-It ATL, a program designed to repair potholes, beautify public spaces and identify infrastructure in need of attention.
“We are rolling up our sleeves for Fix-It ATL, an aggressive new campaign to fix Atlanta’s roads, neighborhoods and public spaces,” Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in a statement. “Residents are passionate about wanting their elected leaders to focus on the routine, yet significant, maintenance problems that impact their daily lives. Within the next few months we will have an assessment of every street in Atlanta.”
Since January, Department of Public Works (DPW) officials have been aggressively attacking the pothole problem, according to city materials. By the end of last month, DPW has repaired 13,075 potholes on city streets. This is compared to approximately 2,000 during the same time frame last year.
The Fix-It ATL announcement coincided with the launch of Atlanta’s ATL311 phone app, according to city materials. Using the new platform residents can report non-emergency problems with city services using their cell phones, improving efficiencies in communication between residents and City Hall.
“Our pledge to the public is simple: you report it, we’ll repair it,” Bottoms said in a statement.