The residents of Nassau County will soon have a new way to fight potentially damaging potholes in their area.
Area residents will soon be able to report potholes via Nassau County’s Nassau Now app. Users can photograph potholes and click “submit” to send the photo to the proper authorities. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano told ABC7 that the app works by sending authorities the GPS location of the pothole so that there is no mistake in finding or fixing it. Mangano also said he is increasing the amount of time repair crews will be out on the roads. Crews will now be out making repairs six days a week, including Saturdays.
“The pot holes are a disaster. You have to spend time. It really needs to be fixed quickly,” a driver complained to ABC7. Nassau County officials said they share residents’ frustration, which inspired the new app feature.
“So we are working closer together with more communication, so when a resident reports a pothole to a particular municipality we are going to share that information,” Mangano explained to ABC7. Residents can also report potholes the “traditional” way: by calling them in at 516-571-6900.
Municipalities in New York report a 40 to 65 percent pothole increase over last winter, which they blame on long periods of frigid temperatures and quick thaw cycle. CBS New York explained that water and salt seep into cracks, turn into ice and expand, breaking the asphalt and creating potholes. The later thaw this year means that many more potholes will likely still develop. Road crews can’t pour hot asphalt in frigid temperatures, leaving them at the mercy of weather conditions.