New York City launches all-out attack on potholes

Tim Fleischer reports from Queens
February 20, 2014 2:46:59 PM PST
If you think you have come across a high number of potholes this year, you're right. New York City, in fact, has filled a record number of potholes.

And now the city is taking an aggressive approach to fighting back, launching a newly announced pothole blitz.

The Department of Transportation has filled more than 80,000 potholes and counting this winter, compared to just over 50,000 last year, and nearly 42,000 in 2012.

"The historic amounts of snow have also meant unprecedented wear and tear on our streets," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Resulting in an all-out effort to fill the city's potholes which includes adding $7.3 million to the DOT budget, along with weekly pothole blitzes and winter paving.

Drivers know the consequences.

"The next thing you know you are going to lose your tire. It's a big problem," said one driver.

"We are trying to come up with every new and innovative way we can to stay on top of the problem. We hear from the drivers of the city. We know you're counting on us. We want to make the streets as safe and smooth as we can for you," said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg.

Response time, the commissioner claims, is quicker, two days from the first 311 call to a pothole filled.

Even the mayor pitched in to learn the skill of filling one properly.

"I want to thank this great crew for giving me my first lessons in pothole filling," said de Blasio.

With 6,000 miles of roads to maintain, crews are kept busy around the clock.

Tireless and sometimes dangerous work the mayor recognizes, taking a moment to thank DOT workers who he says have done extraordinary work.

"Everytime they fill a pothole they are protecting people's lives, protecting people's property," said de Blasio.