Cleveland streets remain damaged by the rim-rattling, tire-chewing craters.

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CLEVELAND -- If you ask many Clevelanders to name what's currently the most important issue City Hall should be concerned with, many will say "fixing the potholes."

Cleveland streets remain damaged by the rim-rattling, tire-chewing craters.

Mayor Frank Jackson spent some time in his State of the City remarks addressing pothole questions posed by Channel 3's Russ Mitchell.

The mayor said the city's previous pothole plan model had "fallen on its face" when confronted with this brutal winter.

He announced the city would be doubling the number of crews battling the pavement craters starting next week.

The city will do that by hiring a private contractor.

Crews will go from six to eight to 12 to 16 on the pothole mission.

When asked if the potholes would be fixed, the mayor jokingly replied "eventually."

One incentive the city has to get them fixed fast -- it's possible Republicans could be coming to visit Cleveland as a possible convention site.

Moonscape streets won't help Cleveland's case.

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