Monday, January 30th, 2017
Morris County Also Targeting Potholes
The state Department of Transportation has announced the beginning of its annual statewide campaign to repair potholes across New Jersey. At the same time, Morris County road crews are on the lookout for potholes on county roads.
This winter’s unusual weather pattern of temperatures constantly fluctuating above and below freezing, along with frequent rainfall, is causing a large number of potholes on state highways and county and local roads, which pose a risk for motorists.
“This winter has been particularly harsh on our roads with potholes developing much earlier in the season than normal,” said NJ DOT Commissioner Richard T. Hammer. “Therefore, we are beginning our annual pothole campaign now instead of in the spring.”
To deal with potholes in the most aggressive and efficient manner, the DOT will allow crews throughout the state to close travel lanes where necessary during daytime hours, including during peak travel times for priority repairs.
Where possible, crews will limit their daytime work hours to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., per standard protocol, and will try to avoid working in travel lanes carrying traffic in the peak direction during peak times. However, motorists might encounter maintenance crews making priority repairs any time of the day or night during this campaign. It is important to slow down in work zones so crews can safely make repairs.
In addition to our crews monitoring and reporting potholes, motorists also are encouraged to report potholes by calling 1-800-POTHOLE or go online at www.nj.gov/transportation to a convenient form to report potholes on state roads.
To report potholes on Morris County roads call 973.285.6763 or for other counties contact the appropriate jurisdiction. For municipal roads, contact your town.