Potholes are as common to Western New York winters as gray skies and school closings. But commuters, street crews and auto repair technicians have reached a consensus that this year's pothole problem is one of the largest in recent memory.
As winter is left behind for the more construction-friendly weather of spring, the City of Buffalo begins its 2015 paving season. Mayor Byron Brown said residents across Buffalo will see the work of over $64 million in projects.
Commuters should begin seeing crews out there fixing potholes but the work will appear different because there will be steam coming off the patch. With area asphalt plants starting to open, permanent road repairs can begin.
In the wake of the harshest winter in years, State Senator Tim Kennedy is calling for increased investment in road and bridge maintenance and infrastructure, plus updating technology to report pothole problems.
Every year people slip and fall on bad sidewalks in Buffalo and some drivers have their cars damaged when they hit a pothole on a city street. On this week's edition of You and the Law, attorney Bryan Dolin talks about why it's hard to collect from the city when that happens.