Pothole ‘hotline’ speaks volumes on city streets

We’ve been saying for years that street conditions in Williamsport are overdue for attention after seemingly being low on the priority list for awhile.

There is proof of the situation in the phone logs of the “pothole hotline.”

A nine-member crew has fielded 58 new work orders as a result of the hotline. And we doubt calls to the number, 570-326-4684, will stop.

To date, 244 tons of hot patch material has been used this year, which is on a pace to meet or exceed the 2016 total. And Tom Cillo, general manager for the city Streets and Parks Department, already knows it is not enough.

“I am going to be frank, some people may have unrealistic expectations,” he said.

But crews are trying to meet those expectations. They did not create the problem. They are just assigned to correct it.

Right now, the targeted areas include Arch Street from Glynn Avenue to West Fourth Street; Hillside Avenue from Fairview Terrace to Dewey Avenue and Trenton Avenue between the Lonza factory and Poplar Street.

All of those streets are in deteriorating condition. Hopefully, thorough pothole patching can stave off the need for more expensive future street work.

And there are more streets in similar shape.

It takes a year-in, year-out routine to keep city streets in reasonable shape. That routine has not been vigilant enough, so crews have an uphill fight to get Williamsport’s streets in acceptable shape from border to border.

We wish the crew success in their endeavor and are thankful for their efforts

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