19,186 potholes in one year

19,186 potholes in one year

Potholes matter to Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. In speeches and press conferences, Walsh has boasted that his team filled 50 percent more potholes than his predecessor. Patching potholes has become a metaphor for his administration’s data-driven approach to making basic city services more efficient. The Globe dug into the city’s record-breaking pothole data from 2014 and uncovered some interesting facts.
Daily pothole tally

The city filled a total of 19,186 potholes in 2014, a 50% increase over 2013. Walsh highlighted this fact in his most recent State of the City speech.

2014 increase in patched potholes

Boston Public Works divides the city into 10 districts. But in 2014, Public Works District 2 performed like Red Sox slugger David Ortiz with a hot bat in October. District 2 alone accounted for nearly half the citywide surge in potholes.

District 2 potholes filled per week

District 2, which covers Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, reported filling 216 percent more potholes, but used only 41 percent more asphalt.

June 20, District 2’s top day of filling potholes

The busiest day for District 2 was June 20, when crews filled 171 potholes in 33 locations.

Single-day clusters

The Globe identified 64 pothole clusters — reported mainly by the same crew that covers Jamaica Plain and Roslindale — where the city says it filled 15 or more potholes in a day.

SOURCE: City of Boston

Gabriel Florit, Andrew Ryan / Globe Staff