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Pothole Season is in Full Bloom on Long Island Roadways

Nature & Weather, Local News, Seasonal & Current Events

Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo are behind us, and the plows that moved tons of snow have been retired for the season.

Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo are behind us, and the plows that moved tons of snow have been retired for the season. But they have left Long Island residents with a new problem—a dramatic rise in the number and severity of potholes on our roadways.

Temperature extremes and the beating our roads took as plows barreled through record-breaking snowfalls have left cracked pavement and gaping potholes that pose a serious threat to drivers. In addition, utility crews working on gas and water lines have left roadways in some areas seriously compromised.

Not only can they severely damage a car’s suspension or blow out tires, potholes pose life-threatening situations for drivers who try to avoid them by swerving into oncoming traffic.

Potholes form from moisture beneath the surface of the pavement. When that moisture freezes and contracts from temperature fluctuations, it applies stress to the blacktop. The weight of vehicles driving over these areas causes the blacktop to crack and chip. The more blacktop that chips away, the more the pothole expands in size.

One irate commuter commented that Townline Road in Huntington is the “WORST” road he has ever driven on. “The potholes are big enough to fit an entire tire. The road should be condemned and shut down,” he said. Another commuter added that Townline Road and Old Northport Roads look “like they were testing dynamite on them.”

An anonymous Smithtown resident recently commented, “It's disappointing that the state of the roads throughout Smithtown and Kings Park are so poor—and they only got worse after Nemo. In my neighborhood, after numerous calls and emails to the town Highway Department, we just finally had a 1.5-foot-wide, 6-inch-deep pothole filled. This poor response is quite alarming to me—potholes like this are more than just an inconvenience—they’re a potentially lethal hazard to motorcyclists and motorists alike.”

In addition, drivers and residents report that road conditions on Christian Avenue in Stony Brook following water main and gas line installations have been disastrous; and the town highway superintendent said that the permanent paving project will not begin for another two months.

“It’s like a third-world country,” commented one resident. “It’s like driving down a bombed-out road,” added another resident fed up with the situation.

Thankfully, some town officials have begun to take action. The Town of Babylon began its annual pothole blitz last month, sending out crews throughout the town to attack the problem. The Town of Islip purchased an asphalt crusher to recycle cracked pavement and use it to fill potholes. And earlier this month, Town of Smithtown officials voted to move forward with more than $8 million in road improvements, including the reconstruction of streets, paving, drainage improvements and curb/sidewalk repairs.

If you encounter dangerous potholes on State-owned highways in Nassau County or Suffolk County, you can report them by calling (800)POTHOLE (800-768-4653) to notify the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT). Potholes on other roadways fall under federal, county, town, village or private jurisdiction, depending on the area they are in.

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3 comments

Francisco Apr 19th, 2013 07:34 PM

I bet if the cities got the bill from the damage that is done to cars due to the potholes, they would move faster. It is irritating to see the same pothole week after week after week. It has to cause additional damage to the roads due to being left so long. Fix them already!

Evelyn Apr 22nd, 2013 11:55 AM

I don't know much about paving and the materials used, but is it because inferior product is being used that there is so much degradation of the road surface? Is it not being done correctly? I would be curious to know.

Vickie Moller Apr 22nd, 2013 01:54 PM

Evelyn, you may want to take a look at this video that describes inferior materials used to fill potholes and new technology being implemented by the Town of Islip:
http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=7335757

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