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Residents fill potholes themselves after City denies request

Posted at 6:49 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 19:49:47-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Many potholes are filled on city streets, but for some residential neighborhoods that isn't the case. That's why some residents decided to take matters into their own hands, and fill the potholes themselves. People living off Howard Street in Omaha decided to buy bags of asphalt patch, and fill those potholes themselves. Others decided to hire personal contractors to fix them. Either way, the city didn't fill them.

"My wife told me couple weeks ago she saw some neighbors filling the potholes and I kind of thought well that doesn't seem right," says Bob Marble, who lives in the neighborhood. "They said the city denied the opportunity to fill the potholes so the only way could get these potholes filled was for them to buy 100 bags of cold asphalt patch and to physically put the patches down."

In an email sent to one of the residents from the City of Omaha, they consider those roads "substandard." Due to that, resurfacing efforts will not be done by the city because the "substandard pavement that has exceeded its useful life. By policy, the city will no longer maintain the pavement."

While he is appreciative of the work done by his neighbors, Marble doesn't think they should be doing it in the first place. "I don't think homeowners need to be filling potholes to physically getting out and doing it, there needs to be a solution, and that's all I can ask," says Marble.