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The City has invested $1.6 billion in street repaving.
By Michael V. Cusenza
The City Department of Transportation last weekend dispatched dozens of crews across the five boroughs for its second winter seasonal pothole blitz.
Nearly 60 crews on Sunday made repairs on residential streets, commercial corridors, arterial roadways, and highways. The agency indicated that it has filled nearly 80,000 potholes in the five boroughs since mid-December.
According to the de Blasio administration, Big Apple streets are in “a state of good repair,” thanks largely to the City’s stake in resurfacing. Mayor Bill de Blasio has pointed to a 10-year investment of $1.6 billion in street repaving as the key to a precipitous decline in the number of potholes in NYC: 207,306 reported asphalt divots as of Oct. 10, 2017; compared to 444,835 as of Oct. 6, 2014, Hizzoner’s first year in office. In Queens, more than 62,000 potholes were filled last year.
According to DOT, average response time to potholes is about 1.6 days.