Motorists Asked To Report Potholes in Orland Park

Motorists Asked To Report Potholes in Orland Park
Posted on 01/13/2011

Motorists in the Village of Orland Park are again being encouraged to help the Public Works Department by reporting potholes within the community.

"Inviting drivers to call in or report potholes on line has been a great help to our Public Works crews," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "There are almost 300 miles of roads in the village and having residents let us know where they see potholes helps tremendously," the mayor added.

First proposed by Trustee Brad O'Halloran in 2009, the village's Pothole Hotline invites drivers to phone in or report pothole locations on-line..

Nearly 300 potholes were reported in 2010, a majority of which were on village thoroughfares.

"During its first year, the Pothole Hotline recorded more than 240 potholes, nearly 80% of which were on village roadways," O'Halloran said. "Thanks to people calling in locations, the repairs were made quicker and more efficiently," he added.

Potholes are common in areas known for ice, snow and below freezing temperatures. The freezing and thawing cycles allow moisture to seep into voids in the road surface, causing the road to crumble.

To report a pothole in the Village of Orland Park, drivers may call 708/403-5010 at any time or sign onto the village's website at A link to the Public Works Department's pothole reporting option appears on the opening page. Callers are asked to give their names, addresses and phone numbers as well as the locations of the potholes, including the nearest cross streets.

Trustee Bernie Murphy, who chairs the village's Public Works and Engineering Committee, noted, "If the pothole isn't within the village's jurisdiction, Public Works staff will notify the responsible agency --- Orland or Palos Township, Cook or Will County or the State of Illinois. We'll also get back to the callers, letting them know that their report has been forwarded."

Potholes in the village are filled by the Streets Division of the Public Works Department. "Weather permitting, we're striving for a one business day turn around," said Public Works Director Ed Wilmes.

"If our crews aren't able to repair a hole within one business day, our staff will call the reporting motorist to let them know the status of the repairs," Wilmes said.

The mayor added, "With the community's help, village crews can again stay on top of pothole locations and quickly repair them."