Mayor, City Officials Launch Pothole Patrol, Spring Cleanup

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 - 7:08am

As spring nears, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and city officials today launched the Pothole Patrol for this season and detailed other spring cleanup efforts.

Launched by the mayor two years ago, the Pothole Patrol is a comprehensive, 3-part approach that focuses on street repair and maintenance, use of innovative technology and long-term investments in rebuilding our streets to keep potholes from forming in the first place.

"Our goal shouldn't be to fill in more potholes each year, but to avoid having them in the first place," Mayor Cieslewicz said. "The City Council and I have made a strong commitment to rebuilding main roadways that are in dire need of repair, and we are now seeing results with fewer potholes."

The city repaired 50,569 potholes in 2008, 29,435 in 2009 and 10,291 so far in 2010. In addition, potholes reported through the city's Report A Problem have also decreased. From January to March of 2008, the city received 558 reports, 188 in the same time from in 2009 and 59 in 2010.

Last year, the city reconstructed 9 miles of street and resurfaced 15 miles of street, including a long section of University Avenue and completion of the East Washington Avenue project. This year, the city will reconstruct another section of University Avenue with the final section out to Middleton slated for 2011.

The city will also start spring clean up, with brush collection beginning on Monday and continuing through October 15, using the same rotation as leaf collection. Leaf and yard waste collection also begin on Monday. For more information on collection in your neighborhood, visit

"Spring also means Madison Parks are getting into full swing" Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski said. "All of the city's four golf courses are now open and signup is open for summer swim lessons, the Earth Day challenge and much more."

Residents can stay informed about Madison Parks, as well as spring cleanup, road construction and Pothole Patrol by visiting the city's spring webpage at

From this site, residents can use Report A Problem, sign up for email or text alerts or find the city on Facebook for more spring updates.

  • Rachel Strauch-Nelson , (608) 266-4611