For drivers, bad potholes are typically more costly than they are dangerous, but for cyclists they can be deadly. And after our extreme winter—which is most definitely over, no doubt about that, right, eh?—many cyclists are returning to the streets to find their commutes pockmarked with new landmines. Thankfully, the DOT is taking the war on potholes seriously, and spending a pretty penny to get the pavement pretty again. Streetsblog crunched the numbers, and you may be surprised to see how much the city is spending compared to, say, bike lanes.
The cost of the four months of extra work is expected to be in the neighborhood of $2 million. That's more than the DOT has spent out of its budget for its entire bike program since 2007, from design to outreach to construction. (The bulk of the $8.8 million bicycling infrastructure was paid for by the federal government.) And the $2 million in added pothole costs is only the cherry on top of a $190.4 million budget for paving this year. So although the great bike lane debate has eaten up a lot of column inches, the lanes themselves haven't consumed much from taxpayers at all. And that's one to grow on!