City workers were out in force this weekend to tame one of the worst side effects of winter: potholes. Saturday saw 51 crews repairing nearly 4,500 potholes on almost 1,500 streets. NY1’s Jon Weinstein was out with one of those crews seeing what goes into fixing the streets.
The pothole. It's been a New York City nuisance since our streets were first built. But just ask anyone, this winter has been one of the worst ever.
"It bumps up your car, you never know what happens. It could bust your muffler pipe or whatever. Potholes, it's not a good thing," said one New Yorker.
The city is trying to keep up. NY1 embedded with a Department of Transportation crew on Lewis Street between Grand and Delancey to see what it’s like to battle the busted up pavement.
The DOT had dozens of crews out Saturday and Sunday. Experts say these craters generally form when water gets into cracks in the street, freezes, expands and displaces the pavement. Drivers know other things like plows don't help either.
“The salt, snow, you know what happens,” said a second New Yorker.
So how do you fix them? First all the loose material is swept out. Then sealing tar is poured on the bottom. Follow that was steaming hot asphalt. Which is evened out. Then rolled. Finally more tar to seal it all up and hopefully keep the water out.
The time it takes to fix each street divot varies based on size and depth. The DOT says it has specialized crews focusing on both residential streets and major highways like the Belt Parkway and Cross Bronx. Drivers are happy to see them.
“Finally they're coming around the neighborhood which is very good,” said a third New Yorker.
“At least they're doing something for the city now, it's about time,” said a fourth.
Believe it or not, calling in potholes really does help let the city know where crews are needed.
The best number to call? 3-1-1.