Monday, May 30, 2011
Welcome to the bungle
From the Daily News:
Workers took an average of 5.8 days to fix a pothole on city streets between July 2010 and February 2011, up from 4.3 days during the same period a year earlier — a 35% jump in average response time, stats show.
The response-time spike came as the city placed 555 road repairers on five-day furloughs to save $1 million this winter — only to turn around and put $2 million into its road repair budget to hire emergency crews to fix streets pockmarked after snowstorms.
City Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx), the chairman of the City Council Transportation Committee, said the longer a pothole goes unfilled, the worse it becomes. He noted potholes not only damage vehicles, but injure pedestrians and cause accidents.
Vacca said he'll introduce legislation that forces the city to tighten the 30-day period it has to fill a pothole.
Relief for road-weary drivers could be on the way. The proposed budget for next fiscal year will eliminate pothole worker furloughs, and the DOT says it has increased staffing for repair work by 10% between 2010 and 2011.