By: Follow South Jersey Staff
LINDENWOLD, N.J. – Along with the appearance of crocuses and daffodils peeking out of the soil comes the onslaught of potholes.
In Camden County, crews from the Department of Public Works are hitting the streets to search for and to repair those menacing divots.
“We have strategically dispatched our crews across the highways and byways of Camden County to put down asphalt and improve the conditions of our roads,” County Commissioner Al Dyer, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works, said in a press release from the county. “The county will be moving forward with its capital maintenance program to repave roadways this spring. So, in the meantime, the pothole patrol will patch over as many problematic areas as possible before the spring construction season starts.”
Potholes are caused by the expansion and contraction of groundwater after it has entered the ground under the pavement. When water freezes, it expands, and if the water freezes and thaws over and over, which it has over the past three months, the pavement will weaken and breakdown.
The Commissioners are asking residents to report any road hazards they encounter to the Public Works Hotline (856) 566-2980. The number is answered by a live person, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Also, residents can contact the Department of Public Works through the county website at www.camdencounty.com or through Twitter at @camdencountynj or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/camdencountynj.
“Residents are a tremendous help because they serve as our eyes on the roadways,” Dyer said. “The Board of Commissioners is striving to address potholes and roadway concerns from the Delaware River to the Pine Barrens. We need all residents to become involved in this effort to make Camden County a better and safer place to live and drive throughout our 1,200 lane miles of roads.”
When residents call the department to report an issue, county personnel say they will come out to address the situation within a short period of time.
“And as a reminder I want to ask residents to slow down and be patient when they see our crews working,” Dyer said. “Filling potholes can be a dangerous job so please remember to be aware of our personnel out working on the roads.”
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