Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is asking residents to report any road issues, such as potholes, which are common in the colder months, to the Nassau County Department of Highways at 516-571-6900, or through the Nassau Now mobile application.
The app will enable a photograph to be taken of the area and sent to the Highway Department with the GPS location.
Under a plan announced last year, Nassau reports pothole complaints in “real-time” to cities, towns and villages so that their highway crews can also be dispatched to address road conditions with urgency.
“Mother nature takes its toll on all roadways during the winter months,” Mangano stated in a press release. “My administration has an aggressive program to fill potholes throughout Nassau in order to maintain the highest level of safety for vehicles and pedestrians on county roads.”
Pothole repairs on Nassau roadways are made within 24 hours of being reported by residents. In addition, county employees patrol county roadways to locate and address any issues caused by the winter weather.
Potholes form as asphalt road surfaces crack under the heat of the day. These cracks allow snow and rain water to seep into the underlying dirt and gravel. This water freezes and expands, and as a result dirt and gravel is pushed out leaving a hole when the water eventually melts. While winter has resulted in thousands of potholes throughout the region, additional potholes are expected to open as the weather warms.