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Friday, March 28, 2014
ACHD to hold annual Pothole Days event

Ada County – As spring approaches, the Ada County Highway District is holding its annual Pothole Days event. This year, Pothole Days will be held April 1, 2 & 3. It’s a chance for the public to help ACHD crews locate potholes around the county that need to be repaired.

The asphalt plants are fired up and ACHD maintenance crews are ready to fix the damage left behind by winter. Though there may be other contributing factors, potholes are generally created when water gets into the base material of the road, weakening the structure. Traffic moving over the poorly supported asphalt surface then causes the road to begin to disintegrate, creating the holes in the road we know as potholes.

There are three ways to report a pothole to the highway district. People can contact ACHD through the website at www.achdidaho.org. From there, people can choose to report a pothole through our Tellus system, by downloading the ACHD Reporter app for their smartphone, or by simply calling ACHD.

• Tellus is an email system designed to shuttle questions, comments and concerns from the public to ACHD. From there, all inquiries are forwarded to the appropriate department for response. People can click on the Tellus link to send an email.

• The ACHD Reporter app allows people to use their smartphones to report a pothole (or other roadway issue) to ACHD. The process is simple. Take a photograph of the problem, give a brief location description, and hit send. Instructions for how to download the ACHD Reporter app to your cell phone can be found under the "Contact Us" tab on the homepage. Once downloaded, people can use this app to report roadway concerns from their cell phones anytime, anywhere.

• Call (208) 387-6325 (E. of Cole Road) or (208) 387-6350 (W. of Cole Road).

Ordinarily, potholes are filled within 24 hours of being reported. Because of the volume of requests the highway district traditionally receives from this event, response times may take longer.

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