It’s a common problem this time of year: You’re driving along a road when, suddenly: BAM! You hit a pothole.
These annoying craters emerge suddenly and without warning, jolting and rattling all who cross them. They are a source of frustration, a source of potential damage, and a reason for hundreds of hours of emergency roadwork in municipalities across the state.
While this has been a relatively mild winter, seasonal effects like repeated freezing and thawing have still taken their toll on the nearly 260 miles of roadway maintained by the Township. As of last week, pothole reports had begun to roll in more frequently, and the Township’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is now gearing up for its peak season.
Fortunately, DPW has designated crews that work aggressively to identify and repair affected areas. While there is no truly effective way to prevent them from forming, the dedication of our DPW crews and the level of resources and manpower they pour into patching these problem spots quickly and effectively, helps minimize the overall impact to our residents and commuters.
Nevertheless, with nearly 260 miles of streets under the Township’s purview, identifying each and every crater is a nearly impossible task. In any given year, crews can expend as much as 100 tons of material on this massive undertaking, repairing upwards of 2,000 potholes.
To make our goal of safe, smooth streets a reality, this must become a community-wide effort. While we don’t need our residents to help us pour gravel and tar, we do need everyone to keep their eyes on the road and be on the lookout for the destructive craters themselves, or patches of deteriorating asphalt poised to soon become potholes.
After all, you as residents are the best resource we have for identifying issues of any sort in our community – and the Township has staff ready and willing to help with whatever you need.
Residents who see or hit an existing pothole – or who notice a potential problem spot – should report it to Public Works as soon as possible by calling (856) 424-4422. Problems on State- or County-owned highways will be routed to the appropriate authorities.
You can also report your concern 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through the “Report a Concern” tab on the Township website, at http://www.cherryhill-nj.com/forms.aspx?FID=86. Additionally, you can always reach us via Facebook and Twitter.
Crews aim to respond to all reported issues within 36 hours, weather permitting. Some work cannot be done in rain or snow, or when temperatures drop below freezing. But rest assured that as soon as possible, DPW will be on the job.
By working together with our residents and remaining proactive in seeking out these problem spots, we will help keep Cherry Hill’s roadways safe and in good condition – and help keep our Township a great place to live, work and play.
Remember, my door is always open. If you have questions, comments or concerns about anything going on in Cherry Hill, you can call my office at (856) 488-7878, or email me at MayorCahn@chtownship.com.