Repair crews busy fixing New York area potholes

Tim Fleischer reports from Roadcam 7.
January 13, 2014 3:27:06 PM PST
Changing temperatures have left lots of potholes around the Tri-state area.

Over the weekend, the tires of dozens of drivers went flat because of the craters.

Route 4 in New Jersey was among many roads undergoing emergency pothole repairs.

Another roadway getting attention is the Palisades Parkway just north of the George Washington Bridge, where the freeze and thaw of our cold again, warm again winter season has taken its toll on the road surface.

Pothole repair crews protected from oncoming traffic were busy Monday working in the northbound lanes.

"We've had record-breaking cold, followed by almost record-breaking warm days and that causes a lot of potholes. We've had a lot of calls coming in," said assistant supervisor of county road Russell Martin. "And we expect more coming."

"It looks like the potholes are here a little earlier this year," said driver Lenny Rosenfield. "I guess it was the polar vortex coming down and it froze things up a little more than usual."

Some of the pothole damage runs deeper, like one on 684 in Westchester County which take more extensive repair work than just a simple cold asphalt patch.

"Perhaps the crews couldn't get there to do some of the repairs they normally would," said driver Avi Shatzkes.

In New York City, the Belt Parkway at Cropsey Avenue is the scene of another cluster of potholes. They are spotted along the heavily traveled roadway that has been problematic in past winters.

On Sunday, the situation was so bad on the Staten Island Expressway that some cars had to be towed.

"The first one popped the tire, the second one must have popped the rim, because the tire was flat," said driver Matthew Nistico.

Saturday night on the Cross Bronx Expressway, drivers were also forced to pull over. Edgardo Contin of El Gorgo Flat Fix said he fixed the flats from 10 until midnight.

"It was stacking up, the cars were just stacking up one by one, and then I had a bunch of cars," adds Contin.

If you take a picture of the hole and the damage to your car, your local government may reimburse you, although it can be a long and frustrating process.

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