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'Pothole Season' Jostles Greenburgh Drivers

Potholes like this one on Secor Road are erupting across Greenburgh as the freeze-thaw cycle continues.
Potholes like this one on Secor Road are erupting across Greenburgh as the freeze-thaw cycle continues. Photo Credit: Samantha Kramer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — It's officially pothole season, as Greenburgh roads are taking a beating from what AAA calls the "winter weather wallops."

Now is when the freeze-thaw cycle begins, sending Greenburgh Department of Public Works crews out repairing potholes on an almost daily basis, said DPW  Commissioner Victor Carosi.

"We try to respond to the needs out there," Carosi said. "Unfortunately, there are some that keep reopening in the same areas."

Potholes erupt when water slips through cracks in the pavement and freezes, expanding and widening the cracks to form holes, according to the New York State Department of Transportation. Asphalt cold-patch mixtures are used as a temporary fix to fill potholes in winter, and permanent pavement repairs are usually done during the warmer construction season.

Hitting a pothole can not only make for an uncomfortable ride — it can knock the wheels out of alignment, affect steering, damage tires and break suspension of the vehicle, according to AAA.

Carosi said the DPW frequently responds to roads that have drainage and runoff issues, including Jackson Avenue, Fort Hill Road, Taxter Road and Ardsley Road.

However, two Greenburgh drivers agreed that Route 9A that has the worst potholes.

"Route 9A from Sam's Club to I-287," is the worst road for potholes, Patricia McDyer Smyth wrote on The Greenburgh Daily Voice's Facebook page.

Hartsdale resident Denise Howard said that Chatterton Parkway between Central Park Avenue and Dyckman Place is where she experiences the worst potholes.

To report a pothole in Greenburgh, call the Greenburgh DPW at 914-993-1576. To report a pothole on a state road, call NYSDOT's pothole hotline at 1-800-POTHOLE.

Have you seen a bad pothole? Post its location below in our comment section so your fellow Greenburgh drivers can stay on the lookout.

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