Town of Babylon investing $100M to end 'pothole plague'

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The Town of Babylon is investing $100 million to end what it calls "the pothole plague."

Steve Singh says the roadway craters litter his street, Beverly Avenue in Copiague.  He says they return each year like an unwanted visitor.

The Babylon Town Board on Wednesday approved a plan to spend $100 million over the next eight years to improve roads without raising taxes. Officials says an independent study showed that spending the money now to fix the aging infrastructure would save taxpayers down the road.

Auto body shop workers say hitting a pothole could lead to $300 to more than $1,000 in repairs, depending on the car.

The Town of Huntington tells News 12 that it is using a program called "The Pothole Killers," which is meant to lower costs and speed up repairs. A specially equipped truck makes about 100 patches a day for $2,500. The Town of Islip says it tries to do as much paving as possible during paving season, which lasts from spring through summer.

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