You know it's been a terrible winter when Chicago politicians are pushed to work... on something useful. Beleaguered by tens of thousands of potholes, city officials in Chicago recently started tracking pothole fixes- online.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week announced the City’s new “Pothole Tracker”, which allows Chicagoans to monitor a week’s worth of pothole patching activity by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT).

“The City of Chicago is filling thousands of potholes every day in response to resident requests for service,” Mayor Emanuel said. “This new website tool allows residents to track the patching work in their neighborhoods and across Chicago.”

Pothole Tracker, powered by the City’s Open Data Portal at [][/L], gives Chicagoans a snapshot of the potholes that CDOT crews have filled during the past seven days.

On the Pothole Tracker site, each blue dot is a location where a resident has reported a pothole and CDOT crews have subsequently been busy repairing roadways. An information box on each dot provides the service request number, the date of the completed work and the total number of potholes repaired on each block.

Since the start of the new year, CDOT crews have patched more than 50,000 potholes in streets in alleys across Chicago, using 1,000 tons of asphalt patching material. In 2013, CDOT repaired more than 625,000 potholes.

The sad news for motorists? Is that hundreds of thousands of potholes still need to be filled. This driver knows personally that driving on Chicago's roads is more like playing a game of Survivor than anything else.