Pothole Patrol: Town of Islip working to combat road issues with hotline

The Town of Islip is trying to put its own pothole patrol into action. It works by residents reporting pothole problem spots by filling out a form or calling the number on the town's website -- 631-224-5380.

News 12 Staff

Mar 6, 2021, 3:14 AM

Updated 1,134 days ago

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We've seen pothole problems all across Long Island, and in the Town of Islip officials are trying to put solutions into action through a simple phone call.
Greg, of Bay Shore, says the roadways across the Town of Islip are pockmarked with potholes. Driving, he says, is like dodging a minefield.
"They could do damage. Big pain in your wallet, it becomes a big pain to your wallet when you've got fix your car," he says.
But the Town of Islip is trying to put its own pothole patrol into action. It works by residents reporting pothole problem spots by filling out a form or calling the number on the town's website -- 631-224-5380.
The town's pothole patrol program is now in its sixth year. On Friday, crews were filling potholes on Claremont Road and Frederick Avenue in Brentwood.
Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter says crews respond as quickly as possible.
"Anyone that's out there on the road, if you see a pothole, help us, report it," says Carpenter. "Depends on the potholes, the ones that are most egregious, the deepest, the widest are the ones we want to attack first."
But Lamont Hardy, of Bay Shore, and other residents say filling potholes is a temporary fix, and the town needs to replace the roads as a long-term solution.
"Anytime they do a patch job, patches break up eventually," says Hardy. "If you pave it, it's nice and smooth. It'll last longer."


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