Two Prichard men are working to improve their city, one pothole at a time. Friday morning they're going out to fill their first two potholes.

"We're coming out tomorrow, fixing potholes in the city of Prichard. We're actually going to get bags of quick-crete, dump them in there, mix them up with the water, try to put something on them and let them sit before traffic comes back and runs into the holes again," said Mario Yow, one half of the duo.

It's no secret that the a lot of streets in Prichard are in deplorable condition. Many are plagued with potholes, cracks, dips, and asphalt patches. Prichard residents have had enough.

"As you can see cars are coming by and if you're not paying attention and you hit that hole, you can actually tear up the bottom of your car," Yow said.

"You have to get a line up every two months. I need a line up now but I can't afford it," James Jackson, who's working on this project with Yow added.

It's something that Councilwoman Samantha Richardson admits is a serious problem. She said the city is actively working to address this issue, but it takes time.

"Its not an issue that happened overnight and of course it won't be solved overnight, but by people stepping up and doing the things that they can do to help, it plays a part in helping to move the city forward," Richardson explained.

One way is through the city's "Pay as you Go" program. Council members pick streets in their districts, they believe need more attention and those streets get priority fixing.

Other residents were happy to see someone actively working to address the potholes.

"It is ridiculous, make sure y'all fix that," screamed a resident out of her car as she was passing by.

"Down on the other end, you've got potholes, big enough to put me in," another resident added.

Mario Yow and James Jackson host a Facebook live show entitled, "The Bigg Yow And J45 Live Morning Show" where they talk about the city's issues and upcoming events. They said it's time to stop talking about it and start being about it. 

"We don't wanna just be the ones that sit up and talk about things that are going on around in the city but never doing anything. So what we're doing is showing people, yea we talk about it but we'll actually spend our own money to help the city as well," Yow said.

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Toi Thornton is a Reporter. His Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism comes from Dillard University in 2014 and his Master's degree in New Media Journalism from Full Sail University in 2016. He previously worked as the Fox anchor in Lafayette, LA.

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