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Mild Winter, New Technology Help in Fight Against Potholes

Patch checks out road complaints.

After hearing comments Thursday from readers regarding pothole sightings, Patch hit the streets to check some of them out.

Expect a turnaround time of about two weeks for pothole repairs — that's the word from the Huntington Highway Department.

With the new up and running on the town's website, residents have been submitting specific locations of potholes and other road problems directly to the highway department through smartphones and home Internet connections, according to Town Hall.

The new reporting service, combined with a mild winter, has apparently helped with overall road conditions throughout the town.

"New York Avenue from 20th to about West Hills Road is [possibly] the worst ride in Huntington," according to one Patch reader. "The town had tore up the roads earlier in the year for some maintenance but they did a very poor job at filling the cracks as they basically made speed bumps all over the road!"

No real problems were found on this section of road Friday. There was a few small sections with minor bumps from recent construction, but no potholes could be seen on an mostly smooth ride.

The intersection of Pulaski Road and Lenox Road was a problem spot, according to one reader.

A few uneven and bumpy spots were spotted by Patch, but no potholes. There was one area on Polaski Road with a significant square of even surface due to recent construction that is in need on resurfacing.

If a reported pothole falls under village, county or state jurisdiction, the highway department will notify residents as to which agency to report the problem to, said one highway department representative Friday.

The mild winter has apparently helped with overall road surface conditions.

Only $300,000 of $2.7 million budgeted for snow removal has been used by the highway department this year, according to Town Information Officer A.J. Carter.

"It leaves an available balance of $2.4 million for the remainder of the year," said Carter. 

Huntington Highway Superintendent William Naughton was unavailable for comment Friday.

Les March 24, 2012 at 10:18 AM
We have cracks on Carley Avenue that will eventually become potholes (e.g. opposite house #21 and 30). Nice work reporting.
VISHNU DAYAL November 29, 2012 at 08:32 PM
15 Carman Road, Dix Hills (off Wolf Hill Rd) have lots of trees that were cut during the storm. It is a narrow street. Request that they be removed as soon as possible. Thanks.

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