Two so-called "pothole vigilantes" are soliciting donations to fix broken streets in Oakland.

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'Pothole Vigilantes' Patch Up Broken Streets

Melissa Culross
May 07, 2019 - 5:34 am

OAKLAND — A couple of Oakland residents are doing more than just complaining about potholes in the city’s crumbling roads. They're fixing some craters with their own hands. 

Two pothole vigilantes, who wish to remain anonymous, were born and raised in the East Bay and now, in their 20s, they live in Oakland. Upon recently moving back to the region, one of the two was stunned by how many potholes he sees in the streets.

"All of a sudden I had this great idea. What if we created an app like Uber where you could take a picture of the pothole, tells you where it is, the size of it, how much it cost to fill it, and anyone that wants to fill the pothole can donate, and once it hits the allotted amount, we'll come and fill it," he said to KCBS Radio. 

The app hasn’t launched yet, but the two began soliciting donations and have filled six potholes in three Oakland locations since April 21. They say it only takes five to 10 minutes to fill a pothole.

"All you gotta do is just fill the pothole up, brush the debris out and fill the pothole with the asphalt material, and then just tamper it down, and then you're done," one of the fixers said. 

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In a written statement sent to KCBS, Radio, a spokesman with the Oakland Department of Transportation says the department doesn’t condone this kind of behavior for safety reasons but understands that residents are frustrated. 

Oakland's city council plans to vote this week on investing more money in street repaving. 

The duo plans to fill more potholes this week.

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