MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Now in his second month as mayor of Mount Vernon, recently elected Richard Thomas has teamed with his Department of Public Works to take care of the pothole problem that has plagued the city.
Following the storm that dropped upwards of two feet of snow in Westchester County, Thomas has DPW crews surveying the streets of Mount Vernon to determine particularly problematic city streets as the area continues to thaw out after the winter weather.
According to Mount Vernon officials, “freeze and thaw weather cycles produce potholes when icy water and snow seep into concrete and asphalt, solidify, then expand to cause cracks that widen into potholes as vehicles travel over them. Dramatic shifts in temperature can increase the potential for damage.”
With the weather warming up temporarily, Thomas has authorized DPW crews to survey the streets for “potential pothole hotspots,” with the city addressing them in a city-wide initiative once the survey is complete.
Thomas is once again taking to social media, asking the public to send potential photos to the mayor’s Facebook page, or by using the hashtag #PotholeMV so city officials can keep track of some of the city’s most damaged streets.
“Potholes are a nuisance on any road, but when they occur, we must be vigilant in patching and paving them up,” he said. “We will work to resolve the issue and put forward a process to fix these potholes.”
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