Westchester pothole experts from Public Works and Highway Departments throughout the region agree this year’s mild winter has meant a mild pothole season. This is not a benefit to those who hit a pothole damaging their tire and sometimes the rim. The destructive road craters form when moisture gets into the cracks in the roadway and freezes and expands in cold temperatures which weaken the road. When temperatures rise (Spring weather) the water melts and leave cracks and gaps that enlarge into potholes by cars and trucks going over the weak spot.
According to an article on March 2, 2017 by Matt Coyne in the Putnam-Northern Westchester Express of The Journal News reports of potholes are entered into a database in New Rochelle. A supervisor is dispatched to determine how severe the pothole is which helps DPW prioritize repairs. New Rochelle’s Department of Public Works has two crews out filling potholes averaging 20 – 25 repairs a day. In 2016, they filled 230 potholes. This year there have been 100 pothole repairs.
The Westchester County’s Commissioner of Public Works and Transportation, Vincent Kopicke deals with potholes from March through May. Priorities are given to the parkways and portions of Central Avenue, than smaller less traveled roads. Public Work crews who are out on other assignments will fill potholes. Westchester County allocates $300,000 this year for repairs. During the winter when most asphalt plants are closed, the potholes are filled with “cold patch” a temporary fix that fills the potholes with premixed asphalts and tampering it down. When the weather gets warmer, crews have to return to make permanent “hot patch” fills.