POLITICS + GOVERNMENT

UDOT uses public’s help locating potholes

Feb 2, 2023, 7:00 PM | Updated: 8:11 pm

UDOT crews fill pothole...

UDOT crews fill potholes on 9400 South in Sandy Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. With a new app, UDOT will acknowledge the request to fix a pot hole and take care of the problem. (Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)

(Jeffrey D. Allred/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — Potholes are turning up on roads throughout the state, as they usually do in the winter. UDOT spokesperson John Gleason says the department is monitoring where the potholes are, thanks in large part to the public.

According to Gleason, there are UDOT maintenance stations spanning across the state. Each of the stations is responsible for the maintenance in its area.

“They’re (the maintenance stations) pretty good about picking out trouble spots [and] any areas that might see more potholes than usual,” he says.

Beyond this, Gleason says UDOT relies on the public to be its “eyes and ears.”

“Let us know any time they see potholes so that we can get out there and repair them as quickly as possible,” he says.

Those who notice those pesky road dimples can easily report them through the UDOT Click n’ Fix App, Gleason says.

According to Gleason, its as simple as entering a pin for the area the pothole is located in.

“If it’s on a state road, we’ll go out and address those potholes,” he says.

Through the use of the Click n’ Fix App, Gleason says, users can report any kind of traffic situation.

“Whether its timing of the light signals, or signs that need to be adjusted or potholes,” he says. “Anything that you want us to look at, as long as its on our (a state) road.”

Gleason says there have been more reports this year than in the past couple of winters when temperatures were a lot milder.

Thomas Haraldsen contributed to this article.

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UDOT uses public’s help locating potholes