Metro man celebrates pothole’s birthday, wants faster pothole repairs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- In March Frank Sereno called a pothole on his street into Kansas City's 311 Center. The hole at 83rd and Cherry has still not been fixed three months after he reported it.

Sereno decided to celebrate the pothole's birthday.

"I thought what I can I do to have a little fun," Frank Sereno said. "Everyone is always complaining about the potholes, but complaining doesn't seem to be getting anything done. So I said, I want to keep it top of mind. I know my fellow Waldo neighbors are just as disgusted as I am so I said, let's just celebrate it's birthday. It's third birthday."

Sereno said he wants to see more money in Kansas City's budget for long term road repairs.

Kansas City's Public Works Department says the pothole Sereno reported is on the list for repairs. A spokesperson told FOX4 crews were in that area Friday, and said if the work isn't done by Friday night, repairs will happen Saturday.

"The weather is always a challenge," Maggie Green with Public Works said. "I know they got a lot done this week with the good weather. Last week they patched almost 2,000 potholes. Anytime it’s pouring down rain it’s difficult to patch but as long as we have good weather, crews are out there working on that list."

Green says since the beginning of 2019, Kansas City's 311 Center received around 15,000 reports about potholes. So far, around 10,000 of the potholes have been fixed.

Green encourages people to resubmit their cases if they were marked as closed, but repairs were not made. She said because of the high volume, cases may accidentally get canceled.

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