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Buffalo to develop database to better manage pothole repairs

The database will help crews identify roads that continually need work.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — During Mayor Byron Brown's budget address last week he mentioned the city will be using new technology to repair potholes.

"The department is also deploying new technologies to address potholes more efficiently" he said.

That new technology is an asset management software. 

It's a map-based database that would keep track of what roads have been repaired and what treatments were used.

Currently, the Department of Public Works is using the 311 non-emergency phone line to report potholes and paper lists.

"The 311 system communicates with our street repair shop, and they form a list on paper. Much of it is on paper and crews go out and address those," said Commissioner of Public Works Michael Finn.

The new database would organize what roads continually need repair and would give crews access to the information on tablets.

The proposed city budget allotted $100,000 to develop the system.

"I think where it will be most effective is in finding, locating those locations where we're going back multiple times and getting them onto a different list where we can address them as a spot repair. So that our crews aren't doing the same locations multiple times" said Finn.

In total, $450,000 of the budget was designated for road maintenance.

If the budget is approved as proposed, the department would see funding when the budget goes into effect on July 1.


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