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Study: Long Island Potholes Costing Drivers Hundreds Of Dollars A Year

January 06, 2019 - 12:18 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – It’s that time of year again – pothole season – and a new analysis by a transportation group shows that the poorly maintained roads on Long Island are costing drivers hundreds of dollars a year.

The Southern State Parkway looks like one big slab of gray Swiss cheese, with potholes creating a teeth rattling ride for drivers.

Kevin, a Hempstead resident, told WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz he doesn’t understand how the roads look the way they do with all the money people in the county pay in taxes.

“They’re absolutely terrible, the roads around Nassau County, they’re ridiculous,” he said. “You go down any block, it’s a nightmare. The suspension on your car is shot. You know, it’s crazy.”

Newsday put together a comprehensive overview of just how large of a problem potholes are on Long Island and across New York State.

A study from a transportation analytics group called TRIP says the poorly maintained roads on Long Island cost drivers about $700 a year – money lost to popped tires, as well as an accelerated drop in the value of drivers’ cars and increased fuel consumption.  

The clearest example of the problem is in Hempstead, where the town will spend $26 million this year on road resurfacing – four times the amount that was spent just two years ago.

Part of the problem with attacking potholes is that different departments maintain different sections of roads, making drivers’ ride smooth in one town and pothole-filled in another.