Pothole Patrol! New Haven public working through 4 tons of asphalt on Tuesday


Little craters scattered along streets can make for a bumpy ride. 

Just talk to Breann Stanfield.

“You go up and down. You got to get yourself together after a while. It’s painful,” said Stanfield.

It can be even more painful when you see a bill from the mechanic. 

“The potholes get bigger. You go down the street and your car might get stuck,” said Stanfield.

“Potholes are crazy,” said New Haven Public Works Jerome Houser. “It’s a job. Somebody’s got to do it. We just got to try the best we can to make the citizens happy.”

He said they fill anywhere from 50 to 100 potholes a day this time of year. They had two tons of asphalt for the Hill Neighborhood on Tuesday morning. Then, another two tons for the afternoon.

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First, they slather down the equipment with soy bean oil. Then, it’s pretty simple.

“Fill the potholes pack it in. Keep the streets as smooth as possible,” said Donnie Guest.

Looking at Parmelee Avenue, that’s going to be tough.  Public works said every year it costs the city about $350,000 to fill potholes across New Haven. Stanfield said each spring, they get deeper.

“I just hope they fix them because I’ve been out here for years and it seems like it’s getting worse,” said Stanfield.

If you see a pothole, call your local public works.

If you live in New Haven you can report it to See Click Fix

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