Rice study confirms Mayor Turner making good on pothole promise

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Last month, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner made a pothole promise. And on Wednesday, he says he has proof he's made good on it.

During his inauguration address, Mayor Turner vowed that if potholes were properly reported, they'd be assessed within 24 hours. The Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University crunched the numbers since that promise was made and here are their results for January 4 through January 21

According to the city, the results are in line with what the city has reported on its website.

"This independent verification confirms that we are delivering on the pledge to quickly respond to pothole complaints," said Mayor Turner in a press release.

City officials say between January 4 and February 16, a total of 1,976 potholes that were properly reported had been repaired. They say the average since the program began is at 95 percent.

During this same time frame, city officials say they proactively filled an additional 7,839 potholes

The city is also ramping up response to other road problems. At its peak, there were 1,149 open street condition cases. By January 30, that number was down to 779.
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