Pothole Patrol: It Seems They’re Bigger And Badder Than Ever

NYC DOT Holding Its Own But Remains Under Siege

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s all because of the long, rough winter.

Many of us have heard the sound that can lead to more than $200 leaving your pocket. It’s the sound of your front end and tires are being destroyed by potholes.

It’s all because thousands of city streets resemble war-torn terrain.

“They’re terrible. It’s like going through a minefield. You’ve got to swerve in and out, create an accident, bouncing in and out all day long,” Elmhurst driver Kevin Trinidad told CBS 2’s Magee Hickey.

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The city said it has repaired 165,784 potholes since the first of this year. That’s up a huge 38 percent compared to the same time last year. The city Department of Transportation said it can keep up with increase in pothole repair.

But try telling that to drivers suffering all day long.

“The potholes mess up the shocks and stress on the car and you can’t get it fixed,” East New York driver Ken Jacobs said.

Potholes doing a number on your car? Tell us what happened and where.

“Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, Belt Parkway near Mill Basin, I have relatively new truck and it shakes and rattles,” Brooklyn driver Tim Craig said.

On particular pothole Hickey measured five weeks ago was four inches deep. She called 311 and was told it would be fixed in a month. Again, that was five weeks ago.

“I blew my tire here last week,” Upper West Side resident Simon Vinokor said.

The only people mildly happy about these crater-filled streets are the auto parts dealers selling strut assembly and new hub bearings.

“Once you hit a big pothole, whole front end destroyed. City not on its game, everyone’s got to spend, spend, spend,” said Raul Galarza of Big City Auto Parts.

“I keep getting a light that my tires are low. Keep filling it up. I go over another pothole. Light goes on again,” added Lauren Sutera of East Elmhurst.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Mike D.

    Potholes are terrible. They can ruin your car’s tires, alignment and even its integrity. It’s a shame that these things aren’t taken car of sooner rather than later.

    If you’re looking for tips on how to take some precautions, I found a blog that provides some help in avoiding these dreadful headaches.


  • marianne

    The DOT commish just does not care about the potholes and how they damage our cars. Her priorities are to eliminate cars from our roads and install more pedestrian malls and bike lanes. It is really unbelievable that we have allowed this women to ruin our neighborhoods. There is no due diligence with any of her projects. Look how fast they came up with a new plan for 34th street.

  • Craig G

    I go up Broadway in Williamsburg Brooklyn each day. There is a stretch that is a few blocks from the Williamsburg bridge on Broadway heading away from the bridge that may be the worst stretch of road I have ever experienced. I drive a jeep! A 4 x 4 and it is awful…. cars, trucks, city buses have to crawl along at 3 mph to avoid doing real damage. I get it, we had a lot of snow. Well potholes are collateral damage from the cleanup. Let’s get them filled in!

  • 1608

    I think Victor is sleep talking. Potholes have been are will be a part of life, live with it. Bloomberg Obama. WOW

  • Stan Zlotnick

    Why does everyone blame Mayor Bloomberg for everything including pot holes. He didn’t put them there. The Albany legislators are to blame. The construction unions are to blame. Shelly Silvers is to blame. Howdy Doody is the blame. Let’s find solutions. Fill the pot holes with pot. Everyone will be happy. There’s your Smoking Gun!

  • victor

    does Bloomberg drive a car, no, so he doesn`t know anything about pot holes,,he is like Obama, by ignoriing the problem, that will make them go away…you New Yorkers voted this fool into office, so get rid of him……

  • Paul Kohloff

    bloomberg should just ban them like everthing else he has banned

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