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The NYC Open Data organization recently released a Heat Map illustrating pothole complaints from 2012 to 2013.
The map is effectively a sea of red, signifying too many potholes to even count. The Heat Map makes use of over 200,000 complaints about potholes. The cavities obviously affect the entire city, but Manhattan and Brooklyn’s busy intersections were in especially bad shape. Points of entry into Manhattan also seemed to have a concentration of pothole complaints.
However since 2013, the City has made significant strides to improve the pothole situation. In the first two months of 2014, the de Blasio administration announced 113,131 potholes had been filled, a record-setting amount for that time of the year.
The mayor allocated an extra $7.3 million to pay for the added resources in 2014, and during a particularly productive one-week period in April 2015, The Department of Transportation reported filling 15,473 potholes.
But comments Mayor de Blasio made to the New York Daily News in September suggested that he hadn’t necessarily been prioritizing potholes.
“I’m more interested in being the education mayor, the affordable housing mayor, than the pothole mayor. But I know my agencies have to fill the potholes,” he said.
The NYC Open Data initiative makes the wealth of data generated by New York City government agencies and organizations available to the public. We’ll learn more about the City’s progress on potholes with the next Open Data release.