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TELL US: Where Are the Potholes in Matawan and Aberdeen?

The NJDOT showed off its "pothole killer" machine. With the warm weather, the state's roadway repair program is underway.

Now that spring has returned to New Jersey the Department of Transportation is busy tackling pothole problems that have developed along their roadways. 

Last week a crew was hard at work along the Freehold stretch of Route 33 using a machine appropriately known as the "Pothole Killer." After a winter full of freezes and thaws Garden State roads have taken a pounding and will now be fixed to make them safer for all motorists. 

NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson said crews will be hard at work now that warmer weather is in the forecast. "The investments we are making in major roadway resurfacing and reconstruction projects are paying dividends in the form of improved roadway conditions," he said. "We have pushed up our roadway ratings from 50 percent in acceptable condition in 2010 to 59 percent today."

According to information provided by the DOT since July of 2012 crews have filled close to 94,000 potholes throughout the state. That number is expected to "rise significantly," the department said. 

Several members of the Freehold Township administration were on hand for the demonstration last week including Mayor Barbara McMorrow who said officials at the local, county and state levels work well to battle the traffic safety hazard. "Potholes need to be fixed because we need to keep not only the residents of Freehold safe, but we need to keep all the people who travel through our township safe as well."

At least when it comes to the roads the Mayor said everyone is on the same page. "We work together very well," she said. "We don't have a high frustration level which is unusual. When it comes to potholes we truly are concerned the same because of safety."

Scott Higgins, the head of the township's Department of Public Works, said with residents able to report potholes on the township's and the state's websites crews know where they are needed most. "If there's something that needs to be done we're out there every day," he said. 

Township Engineer Timothy White said his department works closely with the DPW to make sure the roads are safe. A program was developed where crews work around the town in a clockwise style movement to fix any potholes that pop up. "Between repairing potholes that are called in and the ones we know about we're taking care of the small ones so they don't become more aggressive potholes," he said. 

As he watched crews fix potholes on Route 33 DOT Assistant Commissioner Rich Shaw said the work they are doing will help keep the roads safe and clean. "We are challenging ourselves this spring on two fronts — to respond and to repair every pothole that we observe or gets reported to us by the public, while also making a noticeable difference in the appearance of highways through a massive litter-removal in which every mile of state highway will be cleaned."

To report potholes on state roads check out the DOT website.

TELL US: Where in Matawan and Aberdeen have you spotted potholes?

Aberdeen Guy March 27, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Deerfield Lane is awful. Time to repave it Aberdeen.
Kaitlyn Anness March 28, 2013 at 12:13 AM
The Route 516 cross over Route 79 kills me every time, you have to slow to a crawl in order to safely get over that bump!
Alex March 28, 2013 at 12:18 AM
Inglewood lane in the I section of Aberdeen looks like someone took a jackhammer to it. I have made several complaints and all they do is keep putting patches on the holes. The next day after they patch, the holes are already back again. I even gotten a flat tire do to this horrible street. Please do something soon!!!
Bernie March 28, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Lower Main and High street in Matawan Horrible, Same at Little Street and Main Street, Not really pot holes just uneven Surfaces .Of Course County 516 and Main Street Near MullaneyTire has been that way for over a year and previously noted on this site and NOTHING has been done
Danielle Rios March 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Middlesex Road in Matawan
Joy L March 28, 2013 at 03:39 PM
There was a huge one at the main st light in front of the dry cleaners at the train station.
Mrs. B March 28, 2013 at 06:41 PM
I agree with Kaitlyn I. Have been trying to get them to fix that for 2 years now. Traffic over there is bad enough, but when you add that spot it slows everything down because you almost have to come to a complete stop in order to not bottom out your car.
Concerned Citizen March 28, 2013 at 07:43 PM
I've been living on Irongate Lane since 1993 and have yet to have my street repaved. I'm sure the mayor and town council's streets have been done at least once. Is that what it takes to have my street repaved? I guess I'll run for office.
Anne W March 28, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Cliffwood ave by the parkway overpass has a big hole, also Aberdeen road is a disaster.
Cheryl Grant March 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM
There is a large uneven surface / pothole at the intersection of Main and Church Streets. The pothole is causing noise as well as structural damage to the historical homes on Main Street. When a truck or heavy car go over the pothole our windows shake and a very loud thunderous noise is heard inside. needless to say this can wake us up and is extremely annoying. How do we get this fixed?
shannon March 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Train station area

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