Massive Potholes Sprout Up Early This Winter

NEW ROCHELLE, NY (WCBS 880/1010 WINS) – Mother Nature held nothing back this winter and New York City drivers keep feeling the pain. Cars have been buried in snow, encased in ice and now the pothole terror seems to have been unleashed early this season.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reports from Westchester County

“Eastchester Road has a few of them,” one motorist said. “They are like craters!”

Many believe the situation on the roads will only get worse by the end of March. One man told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane that the streets will look like the moon. “That’s what it’s gonna look like – Swiss cheese,” he said.

New Rochelle public works commissioner Alex Tergis has his eye on the issue, but there is still the job of widening one-lane snow-narrowed roads and scooping away the snowbanks.

“We have a couple of parks and locations where we can dump, but even some of those are filling up,” says Tergis.

Councilman Mark Weprin tells 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera he has been getting many complaints from New Yorkers

New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik Khan visited Hollis Hills, Queens to help crews repair the pothole speckled roads.

“It has been a really tough winter but we are definitely getting a jump on the road work that needs to be done here,” Khan said. She said it takes about three days to fill a pothole.

Khan was invited to Queens by Councilmember Mark Weprin who’s been getting many complaints from residents. “Its our hope that we can get these filled as quickly as possible they create a terrible danger to our neighborhood streets,” Weprin said.

New Yorkers are urged to call 311 to report potholes.

Do you have a lot of nasty potholes in your area? Sound Off in our comments below!

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  • Tom

    Who honestly trusts this garbage that spring is around the corner?? Long live the Winter!!!!!!!!!!!!!


      We at Al’s Hubcaps & Wheel repair in Mineola, ny have no problem with the potholes & yes they are monsters this year.

  • liz

    STATEN ISLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!POT HOLES GALORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    First it’s the snow, then the garbage collection NOW POT HOLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    PLEASE help…………………………………………….!!!!!!!!
    What’s next???????????????????????????????????????
    Perhaps another MAYOR who recognizes that Staten Island is part of NYC!!!!!!!!!!!

  • vengeance

    We have to deal with those nasty potholes in the winter. Then come spring, we have to deal with those nasty potheads everywhere. Damn hippies.

  • Richard Allen

    I wonder how bad the 59th st bridge is just before 2nd ave going into Manhattan…last year they refused to fix it for weeks…i saw some nasty accidents…hope the city got sued for it

  • gyuu

    Whats NYC doing about the FDR near the triboro? That’s been a disaster for over a year…had one flat there already….some are about a foot deep

  • rodney k.

    If we had flying cars, this would not be an issue.

  • Tiah

    I contacted my congressman Michael Grimm in Staten Island about this. No response back yet. I said I really don’t see the difference if we pay more in taxes to correct this or if we pay for new tires on our vehicles

  • Neville Lee

    Filling potholes won’t help because they will reopen again after a rain or snow storm. What they need to do is repave all of the roads but that will never happen in NYC…

  • Biker

    “Sadik-Khan traveled to Queens after visting Park Slope, where she trumpeted the pristine state of the Prospect Park West bike lanes. ‘Drivers should be pedalling here’ she opined. ‘If you insist on driving a car, you deserve a broken axle and flat tires,’ she added.”

    • Tiah

      Sometimes it’s not about insisting. Sometimes it’s about needing to. Our tax dollars should go to make tangible differences in things that affect how we want to or have to live our lives.

    • Johnny

      Perhap Ms.Khan should pedal that 18 wheeler into her neighborhood to deliver the goods she takes for granted everyday.

  • Steve M.

    These are the biggest potholes in the history of potholes! Potholes of epic proportions! Potholes that have swept the nation in a crushing, vicious avalanche of mammoth potholes!! Cars have been destroyed!! Whole neighborhoods are disappearing!

  • Junior

    The more they spend on fixing the roads the less they have to put into their pockets!

  • NYCkers

    West Bound BQE(278) right after kosciusko bridge brooklyn side, the road was like heavy bombed on middle and right lane. drivers please stay on left lane, otherwise, you need new shock and tires.

  • Karen

    Queens Blvd (aka the blvd of death) as well as the BQE, desparately need repaving. The craters that exist on these 2 roadways needed repaving prior to the snowstorms. With the archaic snow removal equipment the Dept of Sanitation has & uses, it’s no wonder these roadways don’t have sink holes instead of craters (but they’re coming).

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