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Potholes

The City of Bowling Green has experienced a significant amount of snow again this winter along with multiple freeze and thaw temperature cycles.  This type of weather can often cause potholes to develop.

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The City proactively repairs potholes on a regular basis, but in order to make sure our streets are safe and repaired, we would like to solicit the public’s assistance.  If you notice a pothole, please contact our City Central Division at 270-393-3444 to report it, or visit the City’s website at www.bgky.org and select the service request link.

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Please remember that pot holes need to be on City owned roads in order for us to repair them. Below is a quick lesson on roads:

If a road has a number on it, it is State maintained. This is not always easy to determine.  For example, nearly everyone who lives in or travels through Bowling Green knows of Scottsville Road.  While the average motorist may call it Scottsville Road, its official name is KY 231.  Other examples include, Nashville Road (31-W), Russellville Road (68/80), and Three Springs Road (844) to name a few.  These “number roads” are maintained by the State regardless of whether or not they are located in the City or County limits.  As such, the City and County have no authority over the way these roads are maintained.

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In addition to State maintained roads, the County is responsible for roads and streets as you leave the City limits. Often times, one road may be partially maintained by the City and partially by the County.  A good example of this type of situation is Dishman Lane/Dishman Lane Extension/Cave Mill Road (why this same stretch of road has three different names is the subject of a whole other blog post) which connects Russellville Road and Scottsville Road running in an East to West direction.  This road meanders in and out of the City and County limits more times than it has names. J

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We know this can be confusing.  If you want more information, please visit the GIS section of the City website at http://www.bgky.org/gis/ to get a good idea of where the City/County boundaries are.

The City continually tracks pothole statistics throughout the years.  Within the last three years, Public Works has repaired an average of over 450 potholes annually.  Peak repair months are January through March and the average response time to repair a pothole is six days from the initial report.

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We would like to thank the citizens of Bowling Green in advance for your assistance in making our streets better and safer.

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