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Arnold Schwarzenegger posts video filling in 'giant pothole' in L.A. — but city says it was actually a service trench

The actor and former California governor tweeted a video Tuesday of him and someone else working to repair what he believed was a pothole in the Brentwood area.
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/ Source: Associated Press

The saying "the road to hell is paved with good intentions" may ring particularly true for Arnold Schwarzenegger this week.

Schwarzenegger, the actor and former California governor, made headlines Tuesday when he posted video of himself filling in what he said was a "giant pothole" that had been plaguing drivers and cyclists in his Los Angeles neighborhood for weeks — but city officials say he may have made a mistake.

"This location is not a pothole," a spokesperson for the City of Los Angeles told NBC Los Angeles. "It’s a service trench that relates to active, permitted work being performed at the location by SoCal Gas, who expects the work to be completed by the end of May.

"As is the case with similar projects impacting City streets, SoCal Gas will be required to repair the area once their work is completed," the spokesperson said.

SoCal Gas did not immediately respond to an overnight request for comment.

Schwarzenegger tweeted a video of him and someone else using a packaged asphalt cold patch material to repair the road in the Brentwood area.

“Today, after the whole neighborhood has been upset about this giant pothole that’s been screwing up cars and bicycles for weeks, I went out with my team and fixed it,” he wrote on Twitter. “I always say, let’s not complain, let’s do something about it. Here you go.”

A neighbor rolled down her car window and shouted her thanks.

“You’re welcome,” said Schwarzenegger, decked out in work boots, a leather jacket and shades reminiscent of his role in “The Terminator.”

“You have to do it yourself. This is crazy. For three weeks I’ve been waiting for this hole to be closed,” he said.

Daniel Ketchell, a spokesperson for Schwarzenegger, had said Brentwood residents made repeated requests for repairs since winter storms opened up potholes and cracks on roads.

Ketchell did not immediately respond to an overnight request for comment about the city's statement.

Mayor Karen Bass last week announced a plan to address what she called an unprecedented number of damaged streets across the city. Since Dec. 30, Los Angeles has received 19,692 service requests for repairs, and as of April 6, crews had filled at least 17,549 potholes, officials said.

The Department of Public Works did not immediately respond to an email asking whether the pothole Schwarzenegger filled had been scheduled to be repaired.