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Houston Potholes Tracker

Greetings, fellow Houstonians!

I understand the frustration and have heard the calls from Houstonians for something to be done about our streets.  My pothole repair initiative is the first step in gaining your trust on this issue.  The goal is to assess and repair potholes reported to the 311 Help and Information Line by the next business day.  As part of this effort, we have streamlined operations and put in place improved customer response protocols.  I know this is a short-term fix, but it is a step that we need to take to get us to the long-term solution for our streets.  I know our hardworking City street crews are up to the challenge.

This website has been created to provide information about what is and what is not a pothole as well as access to real-time graphs and charts about our progress.

If you haven’t done so already, please download the 311 app from iTunes or Google.  It’s the fastest way to report potholes and other street conditions.  You may also call 311 to submit a report. (If outside Houston, dial 713.837.0311.)

Thank you for helping us to make Houston streets safer for all drivers.

Best regards,


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Assessing and Addressing Citizen Reported Potholes by the Next Business Day

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By the Numbers

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Citizen Reported Potholes Filled by Next Business Day

Citizen Reported Potholes Filled

COH Proactively Filled Potholes

Pothole Activity Over Time

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Year Potholes Proactively Filled Potholes Filled From Reports to 311 Percent of Potholes Reported to 311 Filled by Next Business Day
2016 59,118 4,376 98%
2017 63,657 1,567 96%
2018 35,597 1,582 100%
2019 87,801 2,120 99.8%
2020 81,947 1,065 100%
2021 64,822 921 99%
2022 70,684 511 99%

Houston Public Works recognizes that filling a pothole is only a short-term fix and sometimes more work is needed. The City will continue to fill potholes by the next business day or sooner and will also work to replace more street panels to improve mobility and safety.

Pothole Initiatve Press Releases

February 17, 2016 -- One month after formally launching his new pothole repair program, Mayor Sylvester Turner has released an independent report that verifies the pothole repair rate displayed on the City’s website.

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January 19, 2016 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner marked the formal start of his pothole repair initiative by grabbing a shovel to help ...

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January 13, 2016 -- The formal rollout of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s pothole initiative is still a week away, but the City has already achieved an impressive one-day repair rate of ...

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a pothole?
A pothole is a hole in the roadway pavement that may vary in size and shape.  A pothole forms when water has seeped under the pavement and into the road base.  As vehicles run over these weakened areas, the pavement disappears and the hole gets larger.

In the City of Houston, a pothole is considered any area of missing or severely deteriorated pavement that is up to about 5 feet by 5 feet.

Why are there so many potholes in Houston streets?
With about 16,000 lane miles of City streets, potholes will appear in many locations ...

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Potholes and Other Pavement Conditions



Area of missing or severely deteriorated pavement up to 25 sqft
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Localized area of concrete pavement broken into pieces, now a pothole
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Faulting is the difference in elevation across a joint
Go to Not a Pothole


Localized Pavement Failure

Area of cracked, broken, sunken pavement ranging in size and shape
Go to Not a Pothole