The city of Bogotá has now filled more than 68,000 potholes so far in 2017, according to the office of Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa. With a stated goal of repairing 90,000 potholes during the entire year, this puts the capital more than two-thirds of the way to the mayor’s target.
Photo: The neighborhood of Chapinero features one of the many, massive potholes marring the streets and highways in Bogotá. (Credit: Jared Wade)
The neighborhoods that have benefited from the most from this year’s “Bogota Without Potholes” campaign are Suba, Kennedy, Engativá, Barrios Unidos, Usaquén, and Puente Aranda.
Road maintenance continues 24 hours a day in the capital, said the mayor’s office, and is currently ongoing on Carrera 19, Carrera 15, Calle 53, Avenidas Agoberto Mejía, and Avenida Villavicencio. Overall, the mayor has identified 113 streets for repairs within this initiative.
The two entities tasked with meeting the goal are the Instituto de Desarrollo (IDU) and the Unidad de Mantenimiento Vial (UMV). The IDU has repaired 37,573 potholes this year, and the UMV has filled another 31,255.