POTHOLE REPAIR NOTICE
An important part of road maintenance is the repair of potholes. Potholes are created when moisture seeps into the pavement, freezing, expanding, and then thawing occurs. This weakens the pavement. Traffic loosens the pavement even more, and it eventually crumbles and pops out. Due to the recent severe weather the Township has experienced a high number of potholes has been reported.
We currently have 4 trucks working on potholes daily throughout town. Each truck will work one of 4 districts. Potholes are more difficult to be repaired when filled with water. Potholes will be repaired temporarily during cold weather with a cold asphalt mix because manufacturers of hot asphalt are closed during the winter months. During cold weather, the repairs will be limited to those determined to be hazardous for motor vehicles. In warmer weather and when hot asphalt mix is available, potholes most likely will be filled with the hot asphalt mix for a more permanent repair.
Tips for driving over potholes:
- Maintain full air pressure in all tires to give as much cushion as possible between the pothole and the rim of the tire.
- Before swerving around potholes be sure to check surrounding traffic.
- Beware of standing water that may conceal a deep pothole.
- If the pothole cannot be avoided, slow down. Hitting a pothole at high speed increases the chance of damage to tires, wheels, shocks, struts and springs.
- Don't brake when directly over a pothole. Applying the brakes causes the car's weight to shift to the front wheel and can increase damage. It's better to brake before impact and then roll through the pothole at a low speed.
- When driving over a pothole-filled road, hold the steering wheel firmly to avoid losing control.
Please be advised that we are experiencing technical difficulties with our phone lines at the Municipal Building. To reach the Clerk, Public Works, Municipal Services, Parks and Recreation, Construction, Zoning, Planning, Tax Collector or Administration, please call 856 589-0520. The operator will transfer you to the proper extension. Please do not leave messages as our voicemail system is inoperable. You may leave a message via email at Mayorwallace@twp.washington.nj.us
We will process your message to the appropriate department and respond accordingly.
Thank you for your patience during this time.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ANNINA HOGAN, WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP'S ENGINEER ON HER FIRST PLACE WIN FOR THE WEDGEWOOD FORREST PROJECT!
Pictured from left to right: Nicholas Pileggi, Municipal Services Director, Mayor Barbara Wallace, AnninaHogan and Bob Smith, Business Administrator
Annina Hogan of Remington & Vernick Engineers was awarded The New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers Inc. Project of the Year Award for her work on the Wedgewood Forrest Roadway Reconstruction & Drainage Project. She was awarded the FIRST PLACE award at a ceremony held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at the League of Municipalities in Atlantic City.