Harsh winters have left thousands of potholes for Gahanna street crews to fill over the past two years.

Harsh winters have left thousands of potholes for Gahanna street crews to fill over the past two years.

Service director Dottie Franey said potholes are tracked by year, not season, with the city filling 8,622 in 2014, compared to 4,602 in 2013.

Hamilton Road is the most difficult, in terms of keeping up with the potholes, according to Russ Sims, streets superintendent.

Some of the worst subdivision areas for potholes are Royal Manor and Brentwood, including McCutcheon and Agler roads.

Franey said residents should report potholes that need attention by calling the Gahanna Service Department at 614-342-4005.

On the weekends and holidays, severe potholes that are presenting a danger should be reported to the police department's non-emergency number at 614-342-4240.

Through the workweek, Franey said, potholes are repaired within 24 hours of the city's street crew becoming aware of it.

If a pothole is reported on the weekend, the city's street crew might not become aware of it until the next regularly scheduled workday, and it will then be repaired within 24 hours after they become aware.

"If a pothole has been reported to the police department on a weekend or a holiday and is deemed to be a danger, the police will contact our streets division immediately," Franey said.

According to police records, three vehicles sustained flat tires as a result of a large pothole at North Hamilton and East Johnstown roads March 3.

In accordance with sovereign-immunity law, Franey said, a person with vehicle damage is required to first file the claim with his or her insurance company.

"In order to be held negligent, it must be proven that the city of Gahanna had actual or constructive notice of the precise condition or defect, in the normal lane of travel, that is alleged to have caused the damages and subsequently fails to take action to correct any such condition in a reasonable period of time," she said.

Gahanna's 2015 budget includes more than $1 million that will be invested in the repair, maintenance, resurfacing and reconstruction of the city's roadways.

Mayor Becky Stinchcomb said salt alone cost the city more than twice as much to buy than in the previous year.

In 2013, the city used 3,452 tons of salt for $194,042, compared to 2,065 tons in 2014 for a total of $148,036.

Franey said the 2014-15 cost of salt was $113.65 per ton plus a $4 per ton piling fee. That price was $65.22 per ton more than the 2013-14 price.

Franey said the city dramatically increased the use of brine in 2014 in an effort to reduce the amount of salt used.

In 2013, the city purchased 9,000 gallons of brine at a cost of $2,100 compared to buying 16,500 gallons in 2014 at a cost of $15,060.

Franey also reported 1,291 hours were spent on labor to clear snow in 2013 at a cost of $65,784. In 2014, crews spent 1,584 hours clearing city's streets at a cost of $87,679.