Pothole Vigilante

Taking pothole matters into your own hands: A DIY guide.
posted Feb 10, 2009
THE TACOMIC - Pothole Vigilante ()
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2/5 - Pothole of the Week, TDI -- Reporter's Blog

9/25/2008 - New utility charge to pay for pothole repairs...what do you think?, FeedTacoma Forums

1/16 - Snooze alert: Our potholes will be on TV, The Nose

9/7/2008 - Pothole City: The struggle to repair Tacoma's streets, Tacoma News Tribune

6/16/2006 -
Got some dirt? Fill a pothole!,

1/3 - Snowstorm Costs: More Than $2 Million - so Far: Tacoma, Pierce County Pay Big to Clear Roads, Repair Many Potholes, iStockAnalyst (originally from TNT)

5/24/2008 - Tacoma May Raise Auto Registration to Fix Streets, Talking Kelso

by Erik on 2/10/2009 @ 11:11am
Nice. There is some potential in comic book type Tacomics.

by NineInchNachos on 2/10/2009 @ 1:03pm
Thanks! Let me know if anybody needs to borrow an extra shovel.

by AngelaJossy on 2/10/2009 @ 1:12pm
Nice! RR Anderson helps Tacoma get "Shovel Ready"

by Erik on 2/10/2009 @ 1:16pm
Nice! RR Anderson helps Tacoma get 'Shovel Ready'

Yes, a large portion of Tacoma is "Shovel Ready." Someone just start somewhere.

by morgan on 2/10/2009 @ 1:42pm
Filling them with dirt? Where's the recipe for homemade asphalt?
Or we can use this.

by AngelaJossy on 2/10/2009 @ 1:53pm
Is it illegal to fix a pothole on a city street? I wonder what would happen if the police happened upon a crew of pothole vigilantes. Would they thank them or arrest them?

by NineInchNachos on 2/10/2009 @ 3:33pm
AJ: avoid unwanted happen-upons, see step NO. 2

by Erik on 2/10/2009 @ 3:36pm

Pothole repair on your driveway can be easy
Some products make pothole repair easier than others. Cold asphalt makes the process significantly easier. In fact, some pothole repair asphalt, like the brand reviewed below, can be applied in water filled potholes and can be compacted with just your car's tire. No special equipment is needed pothole repair with this cold asphalt. Pothole repair with EZ STREET cold asphalt is easy.

We could have Obama's National Guard drop these bags from the air to citizens.

by droid116 on 2/10/2009 @ 4:33pm
I guess Ace carries it, but don't know if they stock it locally. There is an Ace not to far from my house so I will check it out.

by NineInchNachos on 2/10/2009 @ 5:17pm

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/10/2009 @ 6:48pm
People should just edge the grass on their sidewalks and put the divots in nearby potholes. Go Green.

by Erik on 2/10/2009 @ 7:50pm
Citizen pot hole army unite!!!1!

by NineInchNachos on 2/10/2009 @ 8:22pm
Ha! I like the sod pothole plug idea.

by NineInchNachos on 3/31/2009 @ 1:39pm

by mardod on 3/31/2009 @ 2:43pm
How about a public-private partnership?

by jenyum on 3/31/2009 @ 3:21pm
You know the stencil is actually just street chalk.

Seems like a pretty small price to pay for fewer potholes, considering the rain would take care of it in about a day and a half.

by izenmania on 4/9/2009 @ 2:34pm
Now here's a do-it-yourself attitude I think we can appreciate: told for months that road repairs would cost $4 million the government couldn't spare, a community bands together and
fixes it themselves. In 8 days. For free.

by ensie on 4/9/2009 @ 4:05pm
An enviornmentally friendly cold-patch asphalt repair:

by NineInchNachos on 5/12/2009 @ 5:52pm
more goodness from utopia or bust:

"The automobile is at the heart of this propaganda, both as the supreme good of alienated life and as an essential product of the capitalist market. Parking on Broadway, they say, will be increased by 7%. Whereas the only bike lane they were able to add stretches for just one block!"

"Across the street from the Municipal Building on St. Helens Ave., there is one of these “Happenings” boxes. The Bureau asked the Complete Streets architects if they planned on introducing “Happenings” boxes, or something similar, in the newer areas marked for re-development.

The answer was no.

Instead, they told the Bureau they were dismantling the Happenings on St. Helens Ave. as shown in this picture.

Why, the Bureau asked, would you take down something so vital to the development of community identities when your stated goal is to “support” community identities? They agreed that the box is “definitely important,” but added that these are not requirements of the Complete Streets model, and of course, would cost more to build. Some of their clients/stakeholders wanted the Happenings taken down, and so they are taking some of them down."

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/12/2009 @ 8:17pm
They take them down.
Big deal. We start wheatpasting on buildings now. Including the sandstone of 747 Market.

by NineInchNachos on 5/12/2009 @ 9:02pm
heh. Now yer talkin.
Maybe we can request they move one to frost park... you know to keep the artists happy.

by fredo on 5/12/2009 @ 9:22pm
I'm not surprised that a merchant wouldn't want the "happenings" box in front of his businesses. The eyesore shown in Nacho's posting above is a representative example of Tacoma's "never maintain anything" protocol.

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/12/2009 @ 10:33pm
Agreed, those are ugly.

I'd MUCH rather see posters on poles and abandoned buildings. It's the only reason why I like visiting Capitol Hill when I'm in Seattle.

...and I'm being serious for once!

by NineInchNachos on 8/24/2011 @ 2:46pm
new pothole pig website! or if you prefer new Tacoma Weekly site...

by fredo on 8/24/2011 @ 3:03pm
no need to look at pothole websites any more. just look out your window.

by seejane on 8/25/2011 @ 11:59am
I was going to fill the potholes in my street with cement. Then I decided not too because the potholes are good for traffic calming.

by seejane on 8/25/2011 @ 12:01pm
Oh, the cold patch asphalt doesn't last for more than a week or two. The city fills our potholes with in 3 or 4 times a year. We just end up with a lot of black gravel in the gutter.... and potholes.

by NineInchNachos on 10/3/2011 @ 4:07pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOct. 3, 2011 MEDIA CONTACTSKarrie Spitzer, Community Relations, 591-5790
Rob McNair-Huff, Community Relations, 591-5054City launches pothole hotlineThe City has launched a new pothole hotline at (253) 591-5161 that offers an easy way to report potholes you encounter around the city 24-hours a day. The hotline offers an option to submit a standard report or to call out a pothole that may pose a safety risk. Response times to fix a reported pothole vary depending on the type of street where the pothole is found. For an arterial street, the typical response time is 24 to 36 hours and for residential streets, the typical response time is 24 hours to 10 days. Potholes can also be reported to the City’s Twitter account at or online

by NineInchNachos on 10/31/2012 @ 8:47am

by cisserosmiley on 10/31/2012 @ 9:15am
I love to help but hating doing any work, so just report on feedtacoma where a pothole is and I will drop a bag of cold pack asphalt there (see Erik's post above). I will not open the bag, pour it out, pack-shape-tamp in any manner. If you like to shovel stuff follow me around and find bags of cold pack just waiting for you...

by NineInchNachos on 10/31/2012 @ 9:18am
drop the whole, unopened bag in the hole... the tires will do the work.

by cisserosmiley on 10/31/2012 @ 9:49am
every time a pothole ruins your tire, a burned out street light causes frustration or a wreck, or your home won't sell because the street out front looks like Beirut...think about how hard your leaders fought for the 11th street bridge, take a stroll on history & go back to your NON-downtown home and think about supporting uptown Tacoma (prospect st 2 pearl st X center st 2 30th). It makes sense that if we all live up here, shop up here, eat up here & play up here, our roads should be prioritized over downtown.