NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Local roads aren’t the worst in the country — but they do come close, a new study shows.
More than half of the New York City area urban roadways have pavement in poor condition, according to a new report by TRIP, a national transportation research group.
The report ranks New York and Newark sixth in the nation for worst road conditions. Los Angeles tops the list, followed by San Francisco-Oakland, San Jose, San Diego and Tucson.
The report said 51 percent of area roadways need repair, costing drivers about $673 a year in maintenance, CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported Friday.
“Of course, you’re being tossed around. And you’re cars like sinking in,” driver Edwin Castillo told Gainer of the road conditions.
“It’s not comfortable. It’s all bumpy, you know? Everywhere there’s a hole,” added taxi driver Lobsang Tenzin.
John Montone of 1010 WINS spoke to “William,” a tow-truck driver who called New York City “one of the worst” places to drive.
“Especially now that the winter is coming,” he said. “So many potholes, so many people are trying to sue the city just for potholes, cause it damages a lot of rims and tires.”
“Driving up 54th I had a couple of problems, a popped tire,” driver Vedel O’Garro told Gainer.
In his weekly radio address, Mayor Bloomberg said the city has a lot of roads and continues to work on potholes.
The mayor also pointed out that the study linked New York City with Newark, and only looked at highways — most of which are managed by the state or federal government, not New York City.
As for the city Department of Transportation, it said the city’s highways are basically out of its hands. It defend its response time, though, when it comes to pothole repairs saying, “Our pothole response time is now the lowest on record and we already adhere to the few relevant recommendations made in this report, including the use of the best available materials for pothole repairs.”
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