Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday, October 6 announced that, thanks to a 10-year investment in street repaving from the Department of Transportation, the number of potholes citywide has declined by more than 50 percent in three years.
That said, a number of major city streets and strips – including Bay Ridge’s Colonial Road – will see repaving by June of next year.
“When we took office in 2014, a drive down many city streets could be a bone-rattling experience,” said de Blasio. “Thanks to the hard work of DOT crews, rides are smoother everywhere, on major roads like the FDR Drive to smaller residential streets in neighborhoods around the city. But the turnaround is not complete; while freshly paved streets mean many fewer potholes, we still have too many, so crews will be both quickly filling potholes and keeping up the pace of repaving in the months ahead.”
In Brooklyn, Colonial Road from Bay Ridge Parkway to 85th Street will see repaving in the coming months, according to the mayor’s office, as well as Fifth Avenue from Flatbush to Prospect Avenues.
Since 2014, DOT has paved 4,500 lane-miles of roadways out of 19,000 total. In addition, more than 325,000 potholes have been filled in Brooklyn alone as of October, 2017.
“I am happy to hear that the length of roadway on Colonial Road from Bay Ridge Parkway to 85th Street, which has been a hazard for some time, will finally be addressed and repaved in this current fiscal year,” said Councilmember Vincent Gentile. “I applaud the mayor for his efforts in fixing our city’s crumbling infrastructure. . .and I look forward to seeing DOT crews continuing to fill the gaps and keep up with the current pace set by the mayor.”
Correction: A previous version of this article stated that more than 325,000 potholes have been filled in Brooklyn alone since October, 2017. They have been filled as of October, 2017.