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See a pothole? Report it to the state toll-free hotline

are reminded either to use hands-free units when calling or safely

stop their vehicles and call.

Potholes are formed primarily due to infiltration of water into

pavements through cracks in the surface. Cold weather causes the water

to freeze, creating a bulge in the pavement. When the temperature

warms above freezing, the pavement surface returns to its original

level. Subsequent freeze-thaw cycles weaken the pavement material and

a pothole forms. The process repeats itself during subsequent

freeze-thaw cycles and potholes become worse and more numerous. Heavy

traffic also contributes to the creation of new potholes and the

worsening of existing ones.

NYSDOT and the Thruway Authority employ aggressive preventive

maintenance practices designed to seal pavements and prevent the

seepage of water. NYSDOT estimates these highly efficient, cost

effective practices save New York State more than $1 billion annually

in avoided highway rehabilitation projects.

To fill potholes during the winter, NYSDOT and the Thruway Authority

use high performance asphalt cold patch mixtures that are formulated

specifically for this purpose; more permanent pavement repairs are

made during the construction season. These cold patch mixes have been

tested and proven to be the most effective solution for winter pothole

patching by the National Research Council's Strategic Highway Research

Program, a comprehensive research effort directed by federal and state

transportation officials.

Because NYSDOT and Authority maintenance crews periodically repair

highway damage throughout the State, motorists are asked to slow down

and pay special attention to work zones. Fines are doubled for

speeding in a work zone, and, in accordance with the Work Zone Safety

Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work

zone could result in the suspension of the driver's license.""

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