FDR Drive lanes closed on East Side for pot hole repairs

Lisa Colagrossi reports on road conditions following all the ice and snow
February 17, 2014 9:05:15 AM PST
The bitter cold temperatures mixed with all the snowstorms is creating a mess on the highways, tearing up tires and rims.

Emergency pot hole repairs were done overnight Monday along a stretch of FDR Drive in Manhattan.

The Department of Transportation closed two southbound lanes between East 49th Street and the United Nations underpass between 11 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday, but the closures had to be extended for several hours, which backed up traffic. Luckily, traffic was lighter due to the holiday.

Crews resurfaced a roughly seven-block area, providing a safer, smoother roadway for drivers.

Workers used liquid cement and asphalt to patch the holes and put a sealer around them, while also milling and repaving to provide a more permanent fix on rough roads.

With 6,000 miles of roadway in New York City, the DOT has its work cut out for it this winter.

Driving has been a bumpy ride in many parts of the area in recent weeks due to the number of potholes cropping up on the roads.

So far this year, the DOT has repaired roughly 84,000 pot holes throughout the city, including more than 12,500 in Manhattan alone.