That’s because this year’s unusually severe winter has given way to potholes across the city and its suburbs — and lots of them. And these potholes are already beginning to take their toll on the cars that drive over them.
According to Time Warner Cable News, the potholes that have been forming under snow and ice all winter are both deeper and larger than normal, presenting a huge hazard to tires, alignments and suspensions. And while Department of Transportation laborers have been working to patch up these craters to protect drivers’ vehicles, many potholes are still exposed.
“They are out there applying what is called a ‘cold patch’ to the potholes, it’s kind of a temporary solution,” Jessica Alaimo, a City of Rochester press officer, said.
On average, approximately 85% of all vehicles will require some kind of repair or maintenance work at any given time. This statistic undoubtedly shoots up during prime pothole season.
For people like Henry Simon of Penfield, who blew out a tire and needed a wheel alignment after hitting a pothole, finding financial support from the city for these repairs is virtually impossible.
“A lot of car damage has occurred and I have to pay,” Simon said. “Somehow the public coffers are not coming up with the money — I am. I think more public money needs to go toward fixing the potholes.”
But when local governments across New York State are struggling to come up with money for an influx of road repairs, it’s unlikely any drivers will be reimbursed after repairing their pothole-damaged vehicles, 13 WHAM News reports.
“It would be nice if there would be some kind of legislation to come forth to give money for this extraordinary winter,” Congresswoman Louise Slaughter said. “But it’s going to be very difficult to get.”
In the meantime, drivers can call 311 to report a pothole that needs repairing; workers will be there within 48 hours to fix them.