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Sunday, September 21, 2014
County News
Town, state smooth over rough patches
Officials increase repair efforts after harsh winter
Christina Daly/Herald
Potholes still remain four months after this year’s winter and road crews continue to repair holes.

After braving a merciless winter, which closed out last month with four consecutive snowstorms and a record number of potholes, motorists across Nassau County are still hoping to end a rough commute as local and state officials continue a bevy of roadway repairs from early this year.

This winter, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray maximized the Town’s pothole response team by mobilizing its Parks and Sanitation Departments to join highway workers in tending to road repairs.

“Our crews have been working hard to repair the damage that Mother Nature left behind this winter,” Supervisor Murray said. “By enhancing our pothole response team, we have been able to fill more potholes in a shorter period of time.”

As part of its amplified response plan, according to Town spokesman Mike Caputo, officials deployed about 30 trucks for pothole repairs, adding to its regular 18 used to take on the job. Such procedures for filling potholes involve crews pouring hot asphalt into the crater, tamping the asphalt and then raking it over the pothole site.

With over 2,000 potholes repaired by highway crews in the last four months, Caputo said the Town still needs to continue its road maintenance on a daily basis throughout the year.

When it comes to repairing state roadways, the New York State Department of Transportation has also worked to repair potholes as a high priority in keeping roadways safe.

Eileen Peters, spokeswoman for the NYSDOT’s Long Island Region, said that state highway crews not only plowed and salted roads this winter, but also patrolled and repaired potholes all over the region, as weather permitted.

“The relatively early cold temperatures and the persistent, fluctuating hot-cold temperatures this winter caused more frequent freeze and thaw cycles, which kept creating more potholes and requiring crews to make repeated repairs in the same area,” Peters said. “[The New York State Department of Transportation] responded to more than 1,000 inquiries regarding potholes and has repaired tens of thousands of potholes on the state highway system this winter.”

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