City Testing New Pothole-Filling Machine

March 19, 2012 Updated: March 19, 2012

NEW YORK—The city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) is testing a new pothole-filling machine that requires fewer crewmembers and would block only one lane of traffic, announced Mayor Michael Bloomberg and DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan on Monday.

The announcement was made as road-paving season begins. Last fiscal year, the DOT filled a record 418,000 potholes citywide. This fiscal year, nearly 264,000 potholes have been filled, with the mild weather allowing crews to extend paving into the winter.

“We are on track to repave 1,000 lane miles of city streets this year,” said Bloomberg, according to a release.

Only one crewmember is needed to operate the new Python pothole-filling machine, which can carry hot asphalt for repairs, thus eliminating the need for a materials trailer and other equipment.

The testing will continue for several weeks.

The DOT’s Daily Pothole Tumblr page recently made it to Complex Magazine’s 100 best Tumblrs of all time. The site includes a street rating map and an area to report a pothole.

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