As pothole season intensifies, N.J. crews hit the roads

    It’s time for a seasonal hazard on highways throughout the region.


    And there are plenty of potholes showing up now in New Jersey — as well as road crews focused on fixing them.

    New Jersey Transportation Department spokesman Tim Greeley says spring’s temperature fluctuations give birth to potholes through freezing and thawing.

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    The department spends about $3 million each year on repairing potholes.

    “Starting on July 1 of 2012 to now, we filled around 94,000,” Greeley said. “We can expect with some degree of certainty that number will rise to around the number that we had last year, which was around 170,000.”

    Motorists who see potholes can report them on the Transportation Department’s website. Greeley says crews will respond within 24 to 48 hours to make the roadway smooth and safe.

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