Aurora residents cashing in on potholes

11:26 PM, Feb 1, 2013   |    comments
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AURORA- Aurora is giving its drivers a reason to find potholes, rather than avoid them. It's a citywide incentive that has been in place for more than fifteen years.

The city says it's a way to get residents involved and encourage them to report the street craters before they get worse.

"We have our residents call in their potholes every month, and we encourage them to do so. It's the largest pothole, but it's the person who called it in first that wins the prize," Kim Quante with the Aurora Public Works Department said.

The prize comes in the form of a gift certificate to a local restaurant or a grocery store.

When callers report the potholes, the location gets sent to crews out in the field who fix them.

When they get to the site, workers say their first order of business is to measure the size and depth of the pothole.

Once they gather the measurements, they send that information back to the office so it can be recorded. At the end of the month, the city says they go through their data to determine who the winner is.

"It's always nice when I call the person and I tell them that they've won and that I'm going to send them a gift card," Quante said.

To report a pothole in Aurora, call the Public Works Department at (303)326-8200 or e-mail them at:

The city of Denver does not offer prizes for reports, but says residents can call 311 or go to to file a report.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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