It’s not exactly news to drivers that New York City streets are riddled with potholes after a winter filled with freezes and thaws. It’s more of an ongoing story. For residents in Queens, the problem is “universally annoying,” according to Jessica Salamone of Ozone Park. Residents without cars have experienced many bumpy, uncomfortable cab rides. Drivers in the borough have been distracted by the constant need to dodge potholes.
But take heart. The Department of Transportation (DOT) is out in hordes mending potholes now that spring has finally arrived. According to the DOT’s Tumblr page, The Daily Pothole, 287,737 potholes have been fixed in 2014 as of April 8. Queens residents have noticed fleets of road crews in their neighborhoods over the past week.
“I noticed a few of the big potholes in my neighborhood have been filled, for which my car and I are grateful,” said Kate Caverno, of Astoria. “Driving in the city requires a lot of focus and it’s nice to not have to worry about dodging potholes,” she said.
Potholes can be reported to the DOT online and the status of a repair can also be monitored online. Potholes can also be reported by dialing 311 or using the 311 app for iOS or Android. The average response time for pothole repairs is about 2.5 days, according to the DOT.