Friday, February 13, 2009
This is not a pothole
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 8:39 AM
Subject: Re:Pothole Defect
Thank you for reporting a possible pothole problem. Our road maintenance crews have inspected the location and determined that the street defect in question is not a pothole. There are other kinds of street defects that have different causes than potholes and that require different types of corrective action. There are many types of street defect other than potholes; these include cave-ins, defective manhole covers and other types of faulty street equipment, failed street cuts and old utility cuts. You can visit our web site at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/motorist/potholephotos.shtml where we provide examples of these types of problems. Please call 311 and the Call Center representative will assist you in reporting this problem. Thank you for your concern in this matter.
According to their cute little chart, this appears to be a "ponding condition". So DOT sent a crew out to take a look at this non-pothole and then instead of them passing the info onto the division that handles this problem, they dumped it back in the lap of the member of the public that contacted them in the first place. Very efficient!
Maybe DOT can explain why the asphalt appears to flow over the sidewalk. Their answer will probably be that this is Willets Point, so what do you expect?