Baltimore City Launches ‘Capture the Pothole Challenge’

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott and City Department of Transportation Director Steve Sharkey today launched the ‘Capture the Pothole Challenge’ to smooth and improve city roadways.

The challenge will encourage residents to photograph potholes for repair while helping to improve streets in Baltimore City neighborhoods. The city is asking for all Baltimore residents, visitors, and employees to report potholes to 311 or file an online service request for repair, where they are typically addressed within 48 hours or immediately if an emergency.

From the press release:

“With my new ‘Capture the Pothole Challenge’, I encourage all residents to report potholes to 311 so that together we can improve city roadways,” said Mayor Scott. “Not only is this a fun initiative where residents can show their creative sides, but it’s a great way that the public can help us to maintain city streets in neighborhoods throughout the city.”

In addition to reporting potholes to 311, residents are encouraged to show their creative skills during this initiative by taking photos of potholes on city streets and posting fun images of them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Residents should include #Checkoutmypothole on each image they create and follow the contest requirements listed here.  Participants may submit one entry per day now through May 30, 2021. The resident that posts the most creative/amusing pothole image will be selected to fill potholes with Mayor Brandon M. Scott. The winner of the ‘Capture the Pothole Challenge’ will be announced on or about Tuesday, June 1, 2021.  A complete list of rules can be found here.

“The Department of Transportation works throughout the city each day to service streets on a proactive basis, but we also rely on the public’s help to report any issues that arise,” said Director Sharkey. “We encourage all residents to participate in this fun challenge so that our work together will provide better roadways for Baltimore neighborhoods.”

Read full press release.

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