- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Mayor Bill de Blasio says pothole-ravaged New York City streets are going to get a lot smoother.

De Blasio unveiled a rebuilt Brooklyn Department of Transportation plant which will be able to churn out asphalt much more quickly than before.

That will come in handy after a brutal winter that wreaked havoc on the city’s roads.

Since Jan. 1, the city has patched 338,000 potholes. That’s more than twice the number fixed during the same period last year.

The city also has repaved 173 miles of streets this year.

De Blasio noted that his budget contains $226 million to repave 1,000 lane miles of streets.

The money will also go to repairing 400,000 potholes and repaving streets badly damaged by the winter storms or 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.