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Mayor Emanuel: CDOT conducting audit of repaved streets

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

On Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the Chicago Department of Transportation is conducting an audit of streets recently repaved last year by private contractors to find out if any new potholes have formed.

Emanuel will make sure that any repair work needed is completed. Otherwise, he would provide the city with reimbursement under quality assurance warranties.

"Last year, CDOT and their private contractors did tremendous job paving streets in neighborhoods across Chicago," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "As we pave even more streets this year, we will take the necessary steps to protect our investment and make sure the work is standing up as expected to this winter weather."

Since Emanuel took office in 2011, contractors, city crews and utilities have resurfaced almost 700 miles of streets and alleys, and almost 300 miles since just 2013. Emanuel claims CDOT is putting together a plan to help improve the overall quality of streets, which may lower the number of potholes next winter season.

The audit was recommended after Ald. Carrie Austin found cracks on a recently repaved street in the 34th Ward.

"We used taxpayer money to repave our streets, and must ensure that we are not paying additional costs because of contractors' poor materials or craftsmanship," said Ald. Austin (34). "Wentworth Avenue was resurfaced in my ward last year, and there are cracks already forming this year. We should examine our streets to see if contractors should be held responsible, and I am pleased that CDOT is undertaking this effort."

Private utilities and contractors paved about 100 miles of arterial streets in 2013 that are still under warranty.

"CDOT staff will continue to examine these repaved streets, review any pothole complaints, and will seek either repairs or reimbursement for work already performed by City staff," said CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld. "Under the standard one-year warranty for materials and workmanship, the newly improved streets should have endured this winter."

Since 2014 began, CDOT crews have fixed more than 215,000 potholes. Additional crews were added this weekend. An estimated 25,000 potholes will be filled in March.

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