De Blasio Fills City’s One Millionth Pothole in Symbolic Milestone


The de Blasio administration reached a milestone on Monday, as Mayor Bill de Blasio filled the one millionth pothole in New York City in the East Village. A symbolic gesture, the pothole filling marked the mayor’s decision to expand the resurfacing of the city’s streets and roads last year, JP UPDATES reports.

Also participating was Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, who is responsible for repaving 2,500 lane miles by the end of 2017.

“As the weather begins to warm even slightly as we head into spring, we should expect some potholes, but New Yorkers should know DOT crews are out there fixing them seven days a week,” de Blasio said in a press release. “As with our commitment to Vision Zero, today’s milestone illustrates how hard we are working to keep ahead of potentially dangerous conditions that can do damage to a car’s axle – or even worse.”

Last year, JP UPDATES reports, de Blasio announced that $1.6 billion would be allocated to resurfacing roads throughout the city over the next ten years. In December, de Blasio announced that 1,100 miles were already completed, including on the FDR Drive, which was repaved for the first time in 50 years.