Providence mum on efforts to fix potholes

Potholes continue to be a problem despite efforts made by the city of Providence.

NBC 10 News was unable Thursday to determine if the city is meeting its own goals for filling them.

"I would say they look better than they did last week," city engineer Bill Bombard said Thursday, talking about the city's roads.

But how much better? Getting a straight answer from the city of Providence has been nearly impossible.

Bombard told NBC 10 News on Tuesday that it was the city's goal to have all potholes filled within 48 hours of being reported.

When NBC 10 followed up, Bombard said he didn't have access to the numbers to prove it or not.

"I think that we've made a valiant effort to do that. I think we've done a lot of them. I don't have the statistics in front of me now to answer that question," Bombard said.

Despite multiple phone calls, emails and requests made to the city, no one responded.

A look around the city showed some cold patch fixes were holding up while others were already missing gravel.

Bombard said the cold patches can only do so much. The city is waiting for it to be warm enough to use hot asphalt and start repaving.

"Please be patient. We're doing everything we can to solve this problem," Bombard said.

Everything, but releasing the numbers to prove if progress is being made.