MTA crews fill potholes on bridges and in tunnels in a flash

Posted: 12:17 PM, Mar 12, 2015
Updated: 2015-03-12 12:17:32-04

Potholes are the one sure sign that spring is almost here.

The craters can eat cars and filling the potholes can cause traffic problems.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels invited PIX11 News Reporter Greg Mocker for a ride with a road crew. The agency has two trucks with robot controlled arms to clear, clean and fill potholes on seven bridges and in the two tunnels. It sprays air and a mixture of tar and rock.

Crews can move quickly to the next job and it does not require major lane closures.

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MTA Bridge & Tunnels uses two of these roadway patchers to fill potholes.                    (photo: Greg Mocker)

As of March 1, 2015, the MTA reports that this year 1,418 potholes have been patched on Bridge and Tunnel facilities; which is made up of 150 miles of roadway and 166 toll lanes.

There are a number of different approaches (and machines) that transportation agencies can use to tackle potholes.

The NYC Department of Transportation reports, as of Monday, 126,000 potholes have been repaired across the five boroughs. The city crews have to cover about 6,000 miles of streets.

NYC DOT has up to 50 crews out in any 24-hour period.  See a report on the work done by city crews here .

A crew from the NYC Department of Transportation fills potholes.

A crew from the NYC Department of Transportation fills potholes.       (photo by:PIX11 News)