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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Rick Remington

RELEASE: March 4, 2003

Road crews out in force repairing potholes


(Trenton) - New Jersey Department of Transportation road crews have been working overtime to patch potholes that developed on state highways in the aftermath of last month’s blizzard and are geared up to make more repairs in the weeks ahead.

“The DOT will do what it takes to keep our state highways clear of snow and free of potholes,” said Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere. “The work is ongoing and essential to providing safety.”

Since last week, when pothole repairs got into full swing, 110 DOT crews have poured about 450 tons of asphalt patch into an estimated 1,500 potholes. Crews worked overtime last Saturday in response to the large numbers of potholes that had developed. The crews are continuing to patrol state highways to repair remaining potholes.

Potholes develop when moisture from rain or melting snow penetrates the road surface and then freezes, cracking the pavement. Sudden temperature changes that cause a “freeze - thaw” cycle create outbreaks of potholes. During the winter, a temporary patch is used and then replaced in the spring with a permanent patching material.

To report potholes on state highways, motorists can call: 1-800-POTHOLE, or notify their local police.

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