In a truly inspiring example of personal transcendence, the Department of Transportation has shattered its previous record for potholes filled in a single fiscal year. Since July 1st, 2010, workers have filled 400,000 potholes (they had to count them all), besting the previous record of 395,000. The city budgeted $190.4 million for paving and pothole repair operations this year, then threw in another $2 million after the epic winter storms (plus another $40 million that kicks in in July). As you know, the DOT has been charting the pothole filling process with a series of whimsical posts on The Daily Pothole Tumblr, which is written by (we're not making this up) a circular chunk of asphalt with a smiley-face drawn on it, going by the name "Warmy."
The DOT has also announced a "pothole blitz" for this Saturday, when 59 crews will be making repairs to streets in all five boroughs ahead of the Fourth of July weekend. DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan said in a statement, "There’s no rest for the weary as we’re stepping up those efforts with a citywide blitz so our roads will look their best for the holiday weekend." However, the DOT would not comment on rumors that Sadik-Khan only broke last year's pothole record because of flagrant steroid abuse.