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Pothole problems? Meet Tucson's newest 'pothole patrol'

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Pothole problems? Meet Tucson's newest 'pothole patrol'

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Feb 26, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb 26, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Potholes are a real pain and you find them all over Tucson. 

But two University of Arizona students are tackling the problem. 

Meet the pothole patrol: Laura Unklesbay and Korey Cowan were annoyed with Tucson's pothole plague, so they decided to do something about it. 

It started as a school project for an accountability class. They chose to hold the City of Tucson accountable for potholes. 

They started a blog, "Tucson Potholes," where residents snap pictures of potholes, send an email with the location, then it gets posted on the blog.

They plan to present the site to city council in April to point out the problem. But the site serves another purpose, too.

"We just want to raise awareness about how you can report a pothole because I know a lot of people will drive past one and be really mad about it but they won't actually do anything," Unklesbay said. 

They hope people will not only post to the blog, but send a request to the city as well. 

The city says right now it takes them a little more than two weeks on average to repair a pothole once it's reported. 

"We want to know where they are; it helps us provide better service so it's critical for the community and people: If they see a pothole, tell us about it," said Daryl Cole from the Transportation Department. 

"This is a great city, but there's things we can do to improve it," Cowan said.

You can send your pothole pictures to tucsonpotholes@gmail.com

You can submit a repair request to the city by calling (520) 791-3154, faxing it at (520) 791-3189 or emailing at TDOTSR@tucsonaz.gov. The city also recommends sending a picture if you can. 

Simone Del Rosario

Simone Del Rosario

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Simone is the KGUN 9 On Your Side resident cowgirl. She has spent most of her life on the back of a horse, and spent all of her high school and college years traveling from rodeo to rodeo with her horses and her dog, Roper.