Loyal followers, meet Pothole Patty, a friend of the Staten Island Advance who helps them track potholes and reports them to us here at DOT.
I was on the job smoothing streets on Staten Island last week, when it happened. I locked eyes with a lovely gnome atop a safety barrel. Off she flew into my arms. (Well, I don’t have arms, but you get the picture.) Once she learned that I had the inside scoop on smoothing streets, she asked if she could spend a little time with us. Of course I said yes!
Before we started our adventure, we made sure to get our safety gear on, since safety is our top priority here at DOT. Unfortunately, reflective vests do not come in gnome sizes, so we improvised.
Our first stop? An asphalt plant.
Every day, DOT fills trucks with asphalt and send them out into the streets to make them smoother for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
Patty and I watched my coworkers fill up a truck from the control tower. Before the driver left, he let us sit on the rim to take it all in. It’s a beautiful day to smooth the streets!
Did you know? Last week DOT crews used 16,049 tons of asphalt for paving – that’s the same weight as 4,012,250 gallons of milk!