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Massive Potholes Sprout Up Early This Winter

NEW ROCHELLE, NY (WCBS 880/1010 WINS) - Mother Nature held nothing back this winter and New York City drivers keep feeling the pain. Cars have been buried in snow, encased in ice and now the pothole terror seems to have been unleashed early this season.

WCBS 880's Paul Murnane reports from Westchester County


"Eastchester Road has a few of them," one motorist said. "They are like craters!"

Many believe the situation on the roads will only get worse by the end of March. One man told WCBS 880's Paul Murnane that the streets will look like the moon. "That's what it's gonna look like - Swiss cheese," he said.

New Rochelle public works commissioner Alex Tergis has his eye on the issue, but there is still the job of widening one-lane snow-narrowed roads and scooping away the snowbanks.

"We have a couple of parks and locations where we can dump, but even some of those are filling up," says Tergis.

Councilman Mark Weprin tells 1010 WINS' Mona Rivera he has been getting many complaints from New Yorkers


New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik Khan visited Hollis Hills, Queens to help crews repair the pothole speckled roads.

"It has been a really tough winter but we are definitely getting a jump on the road work that needs to be done here," Khan said. She said it takes about three days to fill a pothole.

Khan was invited to Queens by Councilmember Mark Weprin who's been getting many complaints from residents. "Its our hope that we can get these filled as quickly as possible they create a terrible danger to our neighborhood streets," Weprin said.

New Yorkers are urged to call 311 to report potholes.

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