Chicago Pothole Damage Claims Reach Record High - NBC Chicago

Chicago Pothole Damage Claims Reach Record High

Brutal winter left Chicago street's riddled with potholes



    Pothole Damage to Your Car? How to Get Reimbursed.

    The City of Chicago will pay up to $2,000 to cover flat tired, bent wheel rims, realignments and other damage. (Published Thursday, April 3, 2014)

    Turns out Chicago's potholes are as bad as you think they are.

    As of Wednesday, roughly 2,000 pothole damage-to-vehicle claims have been filed with the city clerk's office, the most the office has seen. Last year there were a total of 743 such claims.

    City officials say it takes months to process the claims. Though they can't estimate the total cost, each payout can be up to $2,000 to cover flat tires, bent wheel rims, realignments and even cracked windshields.

    Chicago's brutal, record-setting winter left streets riddled with potholes. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said last month he plans to expand the summer street paving program to resurface a total of 333 miles of arterial and neighborhood streets and alleys in 2014.

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    (Published Monday, March 10, 2014)

    "It's a little more distance than Chicago to St. Louis," Emanuel said. "That's how many miles of roads will be paved in Chicago this season."

    He also called for an audit of arterial streets repaved last year by private contractors to find out if any potholes have formed. Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) recommended the audit after she found cracks in a repaved street in her ward.

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    Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he would rather build new roads than pave the old ones. To combat Chicago's persistent pothole issues after an especially harsh winter, Emanuel announced Thursday he plans to expand the summer street paving program. NBC5’s Emily Florez reports.
    (Published Thursday, March 13, 2014)

    “We used taxpayer money to repave our streets, and must ensure that we are not paying additional costs because of contractors' poor materials or craftsmanship,” Austin said. “Wentworth Avenue was resurfaced in my ward last year, and there are cracks already forming this year."

    If your vehicle was damaged, go to to find the forms along with information about documents to file with the claim.