Hennigan Launches New Online Tracking System for Potholes
Monday, October 20th
At-Large Boston City Councillor Maura Hennigan launched a new online tracking system from the Boston City Council's Curley Room today: www.boston.potholeweb.com. The aim of this web site is to assist in the identification and tracking of potholes in the City of Boston and to educate the public as to the correct way to backfill or fix a pothole or utility trench.
"As everyone knows, I learned first hand about the state of our roads when I broke my ankle during the Haitian Unity Day Parade back in May. Since then I have tried to turn a negative experience into positive action for residents and visitors to our city," said Hennigan.
The online tracking system was made possible through the generous efforts of Robert Swan, a web designer and Vice-President of NSK and Associates, Inc. Mr. Swan, who read about Maura's unfortunate incident and her interest in developing a tracking system, approached her about seeing how he could help.
The way the site works is simple. Someone goes to www.boston.potholeweb.com where they can create an account. Once registered, they have the ability to search for or make a record of a pothole anywhere in the City of Boston. If the visitor chooses to make a record of a pothole, it is then forwarded to the City of Boston's Department of Public Works since they are responsible for the repair and maintenance of streets and sidewalks.
Joining Councillor Hennigan in the effort to identify and track potholes is: Joe Green, Division Manager for Tedeschi Food Shops; the Beacon Hill Times; JP and Mission Hill Gazette; and the Dorchester Reporter. Also joining Hennigan at the launch is Mr. Bevilacqua, a long time Roslindale resident, who has had to deal with the inconvenience of temporary filled and patched potholes and trenches on his street and sidewalk for many years.
"The City of Boston needs to do a better job of monitoring and holding accountable those who dig in our streets. This would prevent most potholes from occurring in the first place. The city also needs to repair our streets and sidewalks in a timely manner for the benefit of both residents and visitors," said Hennigan.
For more information, contact: Andrew Kenneally or Toby Cogan at 617-635-4217.