Your guide to potholes in Indianapolis, IN

Feel like you’re driving through an obstacle course this season?

Maintenance crew around potholes

It’s quite a bumpy ride along Brookside Avenue this time of year.

Photo by INDYtoday team

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It’s that time of year again. Winter and potholes go hand-in-hand in the Circle City, so we’re sharing some tools and tips to keep Hoosiers safe and our roads smooth.

The problem

Potholes are created when water freezes and thaws on pavement, weakening its surface. The more cars that drive over the holes, the worse they get.

Last year, nearly 440,000 potholes were filled with more than 8,900 tons of asphalt. Currently, there are around 2,500 potholes waiting to be patched up. If you’re a visual person, check out this tracking map of potholes around the city.

Pro tip: The city can only fill the potholes it knows about, so if you’ve been frustrated about one in your neck of the woods, make sure to reach out about it.

A screenshot of the pothole viewer website

It seems like Hoosiers are doing a great job reporting potholes so far this year.

Screenshot via Indy Pothole Viewer

The solution

You can report street potholes around the city on the Request Indy website or by calling the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622. If you’re reporting a pothole on a major highway, you can contact INDOT.

Did you know that the more times a pothole is reported, the better the chance of it being filled? It’s also worth noting that the ones on main roads get priority, so you’re likely going to see a longer wait time for neighborhood streets.

Also, if your car is damaged by a pothole, you can file to be reimbursed by the city. Find out how the process works here.

The good news

An unprecedented $10 million has been given to the DPW this year to address the problem. The money will go toward strip-patching throughout the city.

Plus, the state legislature is considering a couple of bills this session to allow Marion County to receive more road funding: House Bill 1086 and Senate Bill 283. If you’re in support of this idea, be sure to contact your representatives and let them know.