New York City roads get poor grade

May 13, 2011 3:16:19 PM PDT
It's nutty-enough driving in New York City, but a new study of the city's highways shows it's more dangerous than anyone thought.

The main reason, lane lines are faded or vanished nearly 50 percent of the time.

And that means accident waiting to happen.

A brutal winter led to one of the worst years ever for pot holes in New York City.

"It's very bad, on some sections of roadways nearly half the lane markings are missing," said Robert Sinclair with AAA of New York.

AAA said it couldn't believe what it found on highways all over the city this spring.

AAA conducted its survey on March 18th and April 1st of this year and it found the worst highway in the city is the Cross Island Parkway where 53% of this road is graded as poor.

In the last couple of weeks, the city's been working on the Pkwy, but still it's in pretty bad shape.

Besides the Cross Island the worst highways in the city are. The FDR, Harlem River Drive, where 47 percent of it is rated poor. That is follwed by the Bruckner Expressway where 46 percent of its segments are considered poor.

Many of our highways in New York City were built in the 30's and 40's, and they need to work better.

"With our roads poorly engineered, with narrow lanes, with short on and off ramps and no break-down lanes...Those basics of road safety have to be in place," adds Sinclair.

The city's transportation department blames the tough winter. And it's promising this summer potholes, and those paint-markings will be better.