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What to do about that pothole?
First, let us say this applies to potholes on Business 24, US 24, or Route 8 in Washington. [If your pothole is on state-maintained routes outside the City, we ask, kindly but firmly, that you MYOB and wait patiently for repair. Buy some board games or something; you'll be fine.]

Washington potholes on state routes- A step-by-step instruction:
1. Take a breath.

2. Note very specifically the location of the crevasse. Is it Business 24 or US 24? (Really, we all know it's Business 24, but play along.) Is it the 700 block of westbound Peoria Street near O'Dea's Cleaners or "The big hole you can't miss just &^$*@*& fix it!" The former will get the repair need mapped while the latter will only be very temporarily satisfying and earn you bad karma.

3. This is the secret part that only applies to Washington: Call the local IDOT office at 671-4487 and calmly tell them of the canyon. That person's job is to answer the phone and pass along your request – not to be your verbal punching bag. If you're going to curse, at least be creative and veer away from the personal attacks – you want the repair need placed in the "to do" pile rather than the, uh, other pile. Also, it may be true that the employees are playing curse word bingo and the winner gets vacation days during the next snowstorm, so those lesser-used curses will help fill their cards.

4. If you want to make a damage claim, ask the person who answers to transfer your call to claims. Also understand there is a fair amount of misinformation about state liability and the magical claims lottery, so don't expect to hit the jackpot. If you were that lucky, you would have missed the pothole.

5. Remember there is someone else in line to report – so keep it efficient. Potholes are part of the freeze/thaw thing that happened all over the region, so there is an equally disgruntled fellow also trying to get through. Godspeed, taxpayer. Godspeed.
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What to do about that pothole?
First, let us say this applies to potholes on Business 24, US 24, or Route 8 in Washington.  [If your pothole is on state-maintained routes outside the City, we ask, kindly but firmly, that you MYOB and wait patiently for repair.  Buy some board games or something; you’ll be fine.]

Washington potholes on state routes- A step-by-step instruction:
1. Take a breath.

2. Note very specifically the location of the crevasse.  Is it Business 24 or US 24? (Really, we all know it’s Business 24, but play along.)  Is it the 700 block of westbound Peoria Street near O’Dea’s Cleaners or “The big hole you can’t miss just &^$*@*& fix it!”  The former will get the repair need mapped while the latter will only be very temporarily satisfying and earn you bad karma.

3. This is the secret part that only applies to Washington: Call the local IDOT office at 671-4487 and calmly tell them of the canyon.  That person’s job is to answer the phone and pass along your request – not to be your verbal punching bag.  If you’re going to curse, at least be creative and veer away from the personal attacks – you want the repair need placed in the “to do” pile rather than the, uh, other pile.  Also, it may be true that the employees are playing curse word bingo and the winner gets vacation days during the next snowstorm, so those lesser-used curses will help fill their cards.

4. If you want to make a damage claim, ask the person who answers to transfer your call to claims.  Also understand there is a fair amount of misinformation about state liability and the magical claims lottery, so don’t expect to hit the jackpot.  If you were that lucky, you would have missed the pothole.

5. Remember there is someone else in line to report – so keep it efficient.  Potholes are part of the freeze/thaw thing that happened all over the region, so there is an equally disgruntled fellow also trying to get through.  Godspeed, taxpayer.  Godspeed.

 

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Here‘s an idea - you know there are literally hundreds of pot holes that need to be filled. Fill up a dump truck with asphalt and send it out with a crew to fill holes. When the truck is empty - repeat the process. Lather - rinse - repeat.

And if none of that works, call Domino's www.pavingforpizza.com

Or someone from the city could go around and take pics of the holes and we could all play - guess where this hole is-- and then with the collection of pics we can rank in order of a get it fixed first list. 😁

Wait, so complaining on Facebook isn’t the best course of action?

Just call dominos & skip all this nonsense

There’s no money to fix the roads but there was plenty to give themselves raises in Springfield. Who are they really for themselves or the people of Illinois. I think we all know the answer to that.

Let's say someone went to a local home improvement store spent less than $25 on cold patch and fixed it would they get a large fine or an award?

Just take a drive through Peoria and you will think your roads are in great shape! Hell, Peoria doesn't even plow side streets.

Our city officials should be calling IDOT to represent us too.

What About Grange Rd. Between Centennial Drive And US Highway 24? It Needs To Be Completely Redone Like They Did With Centennial Drive And To MATCH Up With The Widnth of The New Road For The Connection Between Centennial Drive And ILLINOIS Route 8/Washington Rd in Sunnyland

Tammi EvansTammi, our conversation yesterday on our way to work on Peoria st... The meteor landing you nearly missed! Not to mention when water fills the holes and makes it hard to tell how deep the pond is! Apparently it's normal to have pot holes that can swallow a hybrid like it's a snack! 🤣 Gotta love the humor in this post though. Some of the comments.

The condition of the roads in Washington was deteriorating before the cold weather started.

If your pothole lasts more than 4 hours call......

You Washington residents sure attack eachother often! What about "Washington Strong"?

I already called IDOT this morning after having to have my car realigned after hitting a pothole on business 24 near Lawndale. The woman in the claims department made sure I was aware that because potholes are considered an “act of god” 99% of the time you will NOT be refunded on getting you vehicle fixed.

Isn’t warshington like 2 miles across? How many potholes could there be?

And if a pothole is covering have of the lane, so it can't be dodged, or clear across the road, then there will be crashes because of it. Then prepare for a lawsuit. Seen it happen more than once.

Use some of your 5 points tax dollars and reinvest in your community

I have a great solution too, as a person who constantly tries to pull out on the highway, the outside lane is the better lane, but people constantly ride the inside lane, you don’t have to get over until a little before you’re going to turn, the two lane road doesn’t apply! The outside lane was replace right after tornado!

I blew a tire last night when I hit a pot hole on 24. Both scary and expensive.

I am glad to know that I left Washington Il and moved to Pa .. Now we have crater... Come visit... I will order Dominios for ya all.

Mish Lynn, I thought of this when I read your post about potholes.

I had to swerve to miss a driver coming into my lane, the only other choice was hitting the "pot hole" on 24 just past the road that runs next to Casey's..it flattened my tire so much I had to call a tow truck because there was no safe place to change it and especially with the weather..the tow truck while getting my van out of what you are calling a "pot hole" had to get my van out enough to tow it which then the rim sliced the tire and bent the rim..I know we live in Illinois, I know our weather is up and down...but this is not new..Illinois' weather has always done weird things like this..we should (we meaning Illinois and in this case Washington) have a plan in place for these...the temporary patches do not work..obviously. I pay my Washington taxes, shop local, use and pay for five points, and do whatever I can to keep my money here, but I should be able to drive on safe roads.

They don't care if the potholes eat your tires and rims. Turn it in to the insurance and pay a collision deductible. The state of IL will not cover that. People call all. The time.

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Good news!   IDOT is in town with cold patch.

 

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Filling right now is not a good idea. Especially when we're supposed to get ice, snow and then the trucks with more salt = equals pointless.

I hope they brought a lot!!!!!!!! lol!!

Please give us the contact information to contact our IDOT district as just suggested at the Council meeting.

They had better bring more than one truck!

The roads need resurfaced!!

I was glad to see them out. There are some killer potholes on Bus. 24.

Can’t please everyone 🤷🏻‍♀️ but I’m sure glad to see this! Weather has to change a lot before anything permanent anyway-thanks IDOT!!!

Jonathan Nieukirk

Finally!!

Gonna need a whole truck load for Peoria Street. 🚚🚚

Cathy Cranford

Thank goodness! Hope they got the craters on Peoria St.

Cold patch won't last long. Just a bandaid

To early

Oh thank god! They’re “car eating” size.

Great news, some of us could go missing in some of those black holes.

And the bad news is, throwing the patches down over water in potholes from melting snow, then starts to get freezing cold, those fillers will explode out of the holes like IED's in Iran.

Better have more than one semi load

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UPDATE: SAVING THE EARTH CAN'T WAIT – SO RECYCLING PICKUP IN WASHINGTON WILL BE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1.
Yep, still colder than a brass toilet seat at the North Pole - and that impacts garbage. The good & hearty folks at Waste Management ARE collecting trash today and will send additional resources to Washington tomorrow to finish out the "holiday" collection schedule. Recycling collection will be next week, so don't fret if your blue totes aren't picked up today; you are still saving the earth.

Hugs.
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UPDATE: SAVING THE EARTH CAN’T WAIT – SO RECYCLING PICKUP IN WASHINGTON WILL BE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1.
Yep, still colder than a brass toilet seat at the North Pole - and that impacts garbage.  The good & hearty folks at Waste Management ARE collecting trash today and will send additional resources to Washington tomorrow to finish out the “holiday” collection schedule.  Recycling collection will be next week, so don’t fret if your blue totes aren’t picked up today; you are still saving the earth.

Hugs.

 

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Is it every two weeks

Brian Stone

How about the regular garbage pickup? Mine gets picked up on Friday all of the time, unless there is a holiday. Will it still be picked up Friday or will it be Saturday, so I can get the garbage out by the road.

So...will our pickup schedule change or will they pick up two weeks in a row?

Always prepared, our Public Works folks scheduled overtime to deal with the fauna influx from the forecast weekend heatwave. Posting these warnings could save lives.
If you find your AC is on the fritz this weekend and you need a cooling center, click your heels to time travel back to today.
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Always prepared, our Public Works folks scheduled overtime to deal with the fauna influx from the forecast weekend heatwave.  Posting these warnings could save lives.
If you find your AC is on the fritz this weekend and you need a cooling center, click your heels to time travel back to today.

City Hall will be closed Wednesday, January 30, 2019, due to "negative gazillion degrees."
The Fire Department, Police Department, and emergency Public Works operations will be available.
[Editor's note: this post would have been funnier if we did not expect that further mirth would have been met head on by police officers, tow drivers, mail carriers, polar bears, Alaskans, and others who will be working. Better luck next time.]
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City Hall will be closed Wednesday, January 30, 2019, due to “negative gazillion degrees.”
The Fire Department, Police Department, and emergency Public Works operations will be available.  
[Editor’s note: this post would have been funnier if we did not expect that further mirth would have been met head on by police officers, tow drivers, mail carriers, polar bears, Alaskans, and others who will be working.  Better luck next time.]

 

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week.com/news/2019/01/29/mail-delivery-and-preparation-in-the-cold-temps/ She's in her warm office, walking to and from the coffee pot and talking about how her employees will be working in these conditions. Walk a route with them! Great leader she is!

At least the USPS has suspended routes for Wednesday. Nobody has any reason to be out in this.

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    UPDATE: As of 3 PM Wed 1/30/19 - use the Police or Fire Depts for emergency warming {Connect is willing but the old boiler may not be!}
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    UPDATE: As of 3 PM Wed 1/30/19 - use the Police or Fire Depts for emergency warming {Connect is willing but the old boiler may not be!}
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    UPDATE: As of 3 PM Wed 1/30/19 - use the Police or Fire Depts for emergency warming {Connect is willing but the old boiler may not be!}
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    30 Jan
    UPDATE: As of 3 PM Wed 1/30/19 - use the Police or Fire Depts for emergency warming {Connect is willing but the old boiler may not be!}
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    UPDATE: As of 3 PM Wed 1/30/19 - use the Police or Fire Depts for emergency warming {Connect is willing but the old boiler may not be!}
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