NJ Crews Focusing On Pothole Repairs

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. March 20, 2013

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Mainteance crews patch potholes (photo courtesy NJ Transportation Department)

It’s time for the seasonal hazard on New Jersey roads.

There are plenty of potholes showing up now and road crews are focusing on fixing them.

New Jersey Transportation Department spokesman Tim Greeley says spring's temperature fluctuations give birth to potholes through freezing and thawing.

He says the department spends about $3 million each year on pothole repairs.

“Starting on July 1st of 2012 to now we filled around 94,000. We can expect with some degree of certainty that number will rise to around the number that we had last year which was around 170,000.”

Greeley says motorists who see potholes can report them on the Transportation Department’s website.

“We will ensure that a crew is out there to respond to that within 24 to 48 hours. It’s almost a certainty that where there¹s one pothole there’s more.  So by a motorist reporting one pothole on a location we’ll have a crew out there or couple crews out there. We’ll be able to fill numerous potholes and make a safer drive through that stretch.”


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