Pothole patrol: Thunderbolt 12 checks out trouble spots on Long Island roadways

Darcy Bell was driving to work on the Long Island Expressway Thursday morning when she had a blowout from a pothole she didn't see. Now she needs four new tires.

News 12 Staff

Mar 5, 2021, 4:06 AM

Updated 1,144 days ago

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Hundreds of News 12 Long Island viewers responded to our call for some of the most pothole-ridden roads in the area -- and now we're venturing out in hopes of making a difference.
Pothole season is in full bloom across Long Island, with roadways, parkways and highways riddled with craters that are ripping, shredding and destroying tires and rims.
Thunderbolt 12 found plenty of issues and some of the drivers who have dealt with them.
Darcy Bell was driving to work on the Long Island Expressway Thursday morning when she had a blowout from a pothole she didn't see. Now she needs four new tires.
"I'm very angry because it seems to be year after year, they don't fix the roads," says Bell.
Christopher Campbell says he feels like he's playing Mario Kart on the roads.
"You've got to swerve ---evasive action every 20 yards -- and they are all over the place," he says.
And at All Weather Tires in Huntington, the ripped and bent wheels keep rolling in.
"There's been a line down the block all the time for the last three or four weeks," says James Rintoul.
While out on the roads, our crews did see Department of Transportation crews on the westbound side of the Northern State Parkway near Exit 40.
A DOT spokesman says, "The safety of the traveling public is always our top priority. NYSDOT maintenance crews work aggressively to address potholes as they develop. The department has made necessary repairs to the cited roadways and will continue to monitor their condition."
The DOT says drivers who find potholes on state-owned roads are asked to report them to 1-800-POTHOLE.
The DOT added that it has received $357 million in funding for the renewal of roadways in every region of the state.
News 12 wants you to keep sending pictures to our Thunderbolt pothole patrol. Tell us where to drive and tweet us a photo and location using #12potholes or #12potholepatrol.


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