Department of Transportation Begins Pothole-Filling Campaign

NEW YORK -
Transportation workers measure the sidewalk for a project, March 5th, 2021. (New York City Department of Transportation)

Spring’s arrival brings flowers blooming, birds chirping, and dozens of men in hard hats filling New York City’s streets with freshly poured cement and concrete.

After a long winter, the Department of Transportation will begin to fill thousands of potholes on weekends.

Sixty crews throughout the city filled 5,000 potholes over Shabbos.

“Imagine paving a road from here to Los Angeles and back and then back again,” Commissioner Hank Gutman told WCBS 880.

Those thousands of miles are roughly the amount of road repaved in pothole repairs since the beginning of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s two terms, including 65,000 potholes filled since the beginning of 2021.

The effort is intended to improve the city’s streets, which over the past year became increasingly filled with cyclists and outdoor dining.

To maintain quality of the streets, the same asphalt used to pave roads is used to fill potholes.

“Years ago, one might have looked at this as something that was for the benefit of motorists—and cyclists, sort of, right? Now cyclists are a huge part of the people using the streets,” Guttman said.

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