POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Now that winter has had its opportunity to dig potholes in local roads, The Daily Voice asked Pound Ridge residents where the worst potholes are.
“Route 124, north of the library, is pretty bad,” said Kristen Hurwitz. Philip Peco suggested West Lane, and Andy Winkler said, “West Road is a disaster.”
Wendy Egan mentioned Salem Road, and Richard Hooker made a list, including Old Post Road, Stone Hill Road, Salem Road and Long Ridge Road.
Other complaints about Long Ridge Road came from Jennifer Wiener and Ari Fleischer, who said, “Long Ridge gave me a flat tire last week.”
Long Ridge Road is a county road, so repairs are the county’s responsibility, Pound Ridge Highway Superintendent Vinnie Duffield Jr. said.
As for the town’s roads, he said, “From December to April, we can’t get ‘hot patch’ from our supplier Peckham Industries in Bedford Hills, because the plant is closed. So we use ‘cold patch’ as a temporary measure. Then in April we replace it with ‘hot patch,’ which is more permanent.”
According to the Department of Transportation, potholes are created in a number of ways. The most common way is when water seeps into cracks in the road surface. Vibrations of tires over the cracks causes the asphalt to fail. That is why there are more potholes after a rainy period. Potholes are an even greater problem in cold climates when the freezing and thawing of water damages the asphalt more quickly.
Another cause of potholes is the stress of trucks and buses, which can cause movement in the subsurface of the paving. Once a weak spot develops, every vehicle that travels over that spot worsens the problem.