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Search Continues For NJ’s Biggest Potholes – Bobby Blacktop

Your responses to our call for New Jersey’s Worst Potholes have been forwarded to the NJDOT for repair.  Keep em coming and I will keep passing them on to the proper people at NJDOT.

Among the craters you reported:

  • Berverly - Beverly Hill Road -
  • Cherry Hill - Mall Drive at Route 38 – “The street west of route 130 looks like a minefield has exploded. Friends of mine have ruined tires traveling on the road at night when the pot holes are not that visible. It’s horrendous.”
  • Plainfield - South Avenue – “This isn’t just 1 pothole. The whole street coming from Fanwood  is full of holes and has been like that for ages.”
  • Riveside – Madison Road -  “The entire street from River Rd. on is cratered with pick up truck engulfing pot holes. It has been this way for over a year and is getting progressively worse.
  • Sayreville - Route 35 at the Route 9 exit- “It is all broken up and causes major traffic delays each day.”
  • Toms River – Route 37 and 166 – “Seams in roadway have (created) numerous potholes”
Pothole killer
Pothole killer (YouTube)

According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, without the repeated freeze and thaw cycle that has been common in winters past, you are bound to see less potholes this year. The DOT says they have repaired hundreds of potholes already this winter and will continue to respond and prepare as they have in the past.

Safety first when it comes to potholes. NJDOT crews and employees are constantly noting the location of potholes and reporting them, and your reports online to nj.gov/transportation using their Pothole and Maintenance Report form is a big help. NJDOT gets more than 100 reports from the public each month.

Keeping the roadways in a state of good repair is a fundamental function of the Department. On average over the past two winters/spring  NJDOT spent around $2 million filling between 140,000 – 160,000 total potholes (each year).

Since January crews have been utilizing six pothole filling (Pothole Killer) machines to augment their  normal pothole repair operations.

Asphalt plants are closed during the winter months so the normal procedure to fill potholes is the “throw and go” method using a cold patch fill solution that serves as a temporary fix – this keeps New Jersey’s  roads operating and improves safety temporarily during the winter

But the hot fill asphalt provides a more permanent fix – under normal operation  crews would have to wait until spring for the hot asphalt, but with the Pothole Killers they can make permanent repairs now.

These machines use spray injection to fill in potholes.  Safety, cost savings and quality of pothole repair patch are the biggest advantages.   The pothole filling machines carry enough material to fill approximately 125 potholes at a time. The repair patch can last five-seven years, which is longer than manual repair.

If you see a pothole you can report it to DOT at nj.gov/transportation, call 1800-POTHOLE or leave your report using the form below.

Use the form below to let us know about the potholes you encounter in your travels. We’ll put together a list of New Jersey’s Biggest Potlholes in a future Bobby Blacktop post. You can even send us a picture if you like.

New Jersey's Biggest Potholes

  • How big is it? Does it form every year? How many incidents does it create? Have you ever seen the damage caused by the pothole like hubcaps and tires along the road?

What traffic topic or questions about the roads would you like to see answered? Let me know in the comments section.

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