New Jersey Department of Transportation crews expect to repair about 300,000 potholes this fiscal year. Pothole hotlines are set up.
New Jersey motorists spent months navigating through snow and ice. Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, weary drivers are dealing with another menace: potholes.
State officials say a brutal winter has created an “extraordinarily high numbers of potholes on state highways, creating driving hazards for motorists.”
So, the state has launched a campaign to repair potholes across New Jersey. and officials expect to fix about 300,000 of them.
And that’s just on state-owned highways.
“This has been a brutal winter that has taken a heavy toll on our roads, but I want to assure New Jersey residents that we will spend whatever is necessary to make repairs as quickly as possible,” New Jersey Department of Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox said in a prepared statement. “Our crews have done a tremendous job keeping the State’s highways clear from snow and ice this winter. Now they will turn their attention to repairing potholes to ensure New Jersey’s roads are in good condition.”
Motorists can call a state DOT hotline to report a pothole on a state highway, or fill out a form on the department’s website.
To report a pothole on the Garden State Parkway or the New Jersey Turnpike. drivers can fill out a form on the
New Jersey Turnpike Authority’s website.
And county pothole hotlines have been set up to allow residents to make reports about county roads.
In a news release, the state DOT said crews will close travel lanes during daytime hours when necessary to fix potholes, but when possible, they will limit that daytime work to the hours between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Nighttime crews may also be making repairs.
Besides the traditional cold-patch materials, crews are also using 13 state-of-the-art pothole-filling machines, which provide a more durable fix, the news release said.
“Using the pothole-filling machines allows NJDOT crews to cover a larger area more quickly and safely because the worker doesn’t have to get out of the truck,” Assistant Commissioner for Operations and Maintenance Andrew Tunnard said in a prepared statement. “It also provides a more lasting repair, which in the long run saves time and money.”
The state DOT usually fixes about 180,000 potholes a year, but so far this fiscal year, (between July 1 and March 6) crews have fixed more than 125,000 of them. And the busiest season is just beginning, the news release said.
Repair locations will be posted on the state’s traffic website.
To report a pothole on a state road, call 1-800-POTHOLE.
To report a pothole on a county road, call:
Burlington 609.726.7300 or 609.265.5717