City streets are increasingly being chopped up by utility firms to make repairs without permission — despite the de Blasio administration’s vow to boost road safety.
The city issued 3,909 summonses in 2014 to Con Ed, KeySpan Energy, Verizon and other smaller firms for illegally tearing up streets, according to data obtained via a Freedom of Information Law request.
By contrast, the city issued an estimated 4,800 tickets in 2013, 1,692 in 2012, 1,758 in 2011 and 1,027 in 2010, records show.
The roadwork can be dangerous.
“Without a doubt, whenever a crew has a road opened up and partially blocked, it’s a danger,” said AAA spokesman Robert Sinclair.
The unwarranted street work comes after the city has tried to crack down on utility companies that don’t follow the rules.
In 2010, the city increased fines, to $1,500 from $800, for shredding streets without permission.
But the city’s main utility companies have not been deterred.
Con Ed, the city’s largest utility, was hit with a whopping $14 million in fines in 2014, records show.