Residents, NYC Council Furious Over Pothole Minefield

Dept. Of Transportation Responds When CBS 2 Calls For Action

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Memorial Day weekend is synonymous with people packing up the car and heading out of town. But many of us are in for a rough ride; not because of traffic — but potholes.

The city has said it can fill a crater in six days, but some frustrated drivers said Friday that’s just not the case.

At 61st and West End Avenue, it’s not a pothole, but a crater.

“I’ve seen at least six tires broken because of this. People make complaints. They call the city. They tell them to wait 14 days and they complain to me, but there’s nothing I can do. It’s horrible,” school crossing guard Wendy Pomales told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

At 66th and Amsterdam there’s a huge cavity that Department of Transportation “dentists” apparently have forgotten to fill.

“I think it would swallow a car up,” Upper West Side resident Bob Timson said. “I’ve called the DOT and that number 3-1-1. They transfer me to, what do they call it, the repairs.”

Do you know where potholes are? If so, please report them to CBS 2’s Pothole Patrol

Winter is over, summer is almost here and city residents — people on bikes, in wheel chairs, the elderly — want to know what the city is doing to make the streets passable.

“It’s very dangerous, very dangerous and I don’t know why it’s not being fixed right now,” Upper West Side resident Louis Feiner said.

“One has to identify the places where you can cross the street effectively if you happen to be in a wheel chair, but this is bad for anybody,” James Depreist added.

The city recently gave the DOT an extra $2 million to add to its pothole repair budget which just adds to public frustration.

“What are they doing with it?” Timson said.

DOT says it has fixed a record number of potholes — 370,000 or 25 percent more than last year — but City Councilwoman Gale Brewer said the agency needs to work harder.

“I want DOT to be more responsive. We need to make sure that DOT follows its own rules. The citizens of New York deserve to get their potholes fixed,” Brewer said.

Kramer did get some action at 66th and Amsterdam. After she started asking questions a DOT worker arrived to measure the crater and take pictures. We can only hope it means the problem will be fixed.

Councilwoman Brewer said she intends to record data about each and every pothole in her West Side district so she can better pressure the city to fix the streets.

Late Friday, the DOT said it had called in crews to fix the street defects Kramer found.

Do you think the DOT is dropping the ball here? Or do you think it is doing the best it can? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Elna Daill

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

  • kendra

    thats cause mayor bloomberg keeps worrying about more none important things as to things that should matter more then giving someone a ticket for foolishness instead of worrying about more dangerous things like manholes that could cause the city alot of money and save lives.

  • Fill the Holes

    The roads in Baghdad are better than one of the largest, most populous cities in the world – like NY.

  • Dale Auburn

    Of course, the politicians really DON’T want the potholes fixed – they just want to demand a fix. If potholes get fixed and other problems actually get solved, then they won’t be there to COMPLAIN and CAMPAIGN about later.

  • Rich Scorce

    The DOT is out of control and Bloomie has given Bicycle Commissioner Sadik Khan carte put bke lanes all over the city. I will vote for whichever candidate says they will rip these things up as soon as they take office.

  • M. B. A.

    True about the bike lanes on Broadway in Manhattan that ride from
    say 42nd street past Union square a huge cost to build and 5 riders if
    one is lucky in a half an hour and 2 of them messengers riding the wrong way.

    Another miracle like the Afro-gangsters that do business under the NYPD CCTV
    on 28th Street & Broadway,never seen,never busted and they like the seating
    arrangements on Broadway to do their corrupt deals. Nice going !

  • B.A. Cretini

    This is partly the Democrat parties fault as for the last Mayoral
    election here they gave us a candidate with the personality and levity
    of an overworked funeral director, a no win candidate on purpose.

    We now have Bloomy truly unopposed and unable to do much this third term.
    I don’t know why 200 of these local tenants just stop traffic for 10 minutes
    the NYPD will break up the protest and maybe the DOT will make repairs.
    Noisy wheels (and potholes) get greased.

    • Rich Scorce

      and look how close the race was in spite of the overwhelming amount of money spent by Bloomie. imagine if the Dems actually got behind Thompson with support and money. Bloomie might have been history.

  • Vince

    I got a busted sewer on Bay Parkway and Bath Ave for years now and nothings been done.

  • true NYC

    The the DOT spend all of our money on useless bike lanes. God knows all 30 people that ride bikes need huge bike lanes.

  • iggy

    didn’t the city council vote themselves raises? now they’re complaining about lack of funds. shame is it isn’t only new york city, it’s every politician, everywhere.

  • Joey Maricone

    hey There nothing wrong being a Happy Fellow

  • Chris

    llooks like christine quinn been stomping around the streets.

  • DP

    Due date is past. It shouldn’t take two weeks, or two days, or two hours to fix a hole: this is New York – best city in the world??! Fix the hole within 2 mins. This is an international embarrassment!

  • loser

    why should they fix it?……..wealthy people have chauffeurs drive them around or travel via helicopter…….or if they are really feeling frugal they will lease a luxury vehicle and turn it in after a year for a new one…….in fact while i sit home typing this, these same decision-makers are gearing up for a lavish Memorial Day weekend at some obscure mansion in New England or a far-away shore abroad. People love oppression, that’s why they keep being oppressed by the rich man.

  • caleb

    Mayor Bloomberg was caught in Times Square playing with himself. What the hell is going on?

  • Joe

    Same story in Brooklyn, I think Bloomberg should change dep of transportation and sanitation dep, We paying taxes for nothing, better to pay money to private sector they can fix routs and clean up city. ,

    • Vince

      C’mon JOE mayor Rudy tried that private nonsense didn’t work

    • jack

      the private sector is where the government hides its money, private sector treatment is even worse…

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