Water can get under the pavement through cracks or from the side of the road.
Over time, the water can cause the material under the pavement to erode,
causing the pavement to sink down and break. During the winter, the water under
the pavement freezes then thaws (contracting and expanding). This freeze/thaw
cycle can cause the pavement to crack so that it deteriorates quickly under the
weight of traffic, and then streets can seem to break out in potholes overnight
Why are there so many potholes in our streets?
You can expect to see more potholes in the winter and spring, following periods
of cold temperatures and rain or snow. Coastal area cities and towns experience
extensive freeze/thaw cycles.
you filled a pothole, but a few days later, there it was again. Why don't your
repairs last longer?
Because making permanent repairs during the winter is both difficult and
expensive, in winter months many communities fill potholes with both cold and hot patch and wait
until spring to make permanent repairs with hot asphalt. These temporary repairs
are intended to maintain safety and minimize damage to vehicles. Permanent
repairs require waiting until the spring to thaw. The town has been trying to fill more potholes this season with hot patches--a more permanent fix.
How do I report a pothole?
In addition to our town personnel, we also rely on residents to report potholes. If
you come across a pothole, call public works at 993-1574. You can also e mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will follow up every complaint.
What if the pothole is on a County-maintained road?
Westchester County D.O.T. : 914-995-4951. I e mail the County Executive at email@example.com too.
What if the pothole is on a state maintained road.
(please feel free to e mail me the information. I will also reach out to the state and county.
How long does it take to fill a pothole?
We try to fill a pothole as soon as it is reported. Many times we are able to fill a pothole the same day. If there are weather related events that cause numerous potholes around town, it could take us two or three days to fill the pothole.
Some potholes, because of their location in the road or proximity to other
infrastructure such as manhole covers, are more difficult to fill and, consequently
HINTS THAT CAN HELP EXPEDITE THE POTHOLE REPAIRS
To help speed up the repairs, please be prepared with specific
information when you contact the Public Works Department. The more
information we have, the better we can serve you. Useful information includes:
-Provide the exact location of the pothole with the closest street address and
cross street and if the hole is in the driving lane or the parking lane.
-Describe the approximate size and depth of the pothole.
-Is there a barricade or cone marking the pothole location