Albany asks public for patience in pothole problems

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Three hundred tons of asphalt will hit the streets of Albany this season. The Department of General Services is not only asking for the public’s patience, but they’re also asking if they see something, say something.

“The plant that makes the asphalt closes right after Thanksgiving until about April 1st,” said Commissioner Sergio Panunzio.

That means right now the asphalt being used to cover the many potholes out there is only a temporary fix.

“We already have a contract out, and once we repair those potholes, it will be a perfect fix,” Panunzio said.

DGS is relying on an app called “See Click Fix.” It allows anyone to alert the department to problem potholes.

The app’s been out for a couple years, but the DGS commissioner credits a campaign from the city in a recent rise in alerts of problem areas.

“We have a big city and over 370 miles of roads that we need to look at, and it’s on a list, and we’ll get to it,” Panunzio said.

The commissioner said, with the new app, workers will be able to patch craters faster than before. But with only $300,000 and hundreds of miles of roadway, they’re still asking for the public’s patience.

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