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Pothole Problems Plaguing State

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Trenton, New Jersey (My9NJ) - To say that this year’s winter season has been hard on the roads is a huge understatement. Slippery roads and piled up snow are obstacles that we all face on our daily commutes, but nothing compares to the massive potholes that have popped up all across the state.

In places like our state capitol, motorists are facing the challenge of dodging deeply grounded pot holes in order to protect their cars from being damaged. As one of the leading causes for cars requiring service, it’s understandable to see motorist’s frustration when trying to avoid potholes. Unfortunately, it’s how motorists are avoiding these ditches that are raising eyebrows. In many cases, motorists choose to swerve around them even if they shift into oncoming lanes. This notion presents an even bigger issue of driver safety during these trying winter months.

Tracy Noble of AAA Mid-Atlantic discussed the best ways motorists can combat the giant holes that have appeared all over the state.

"Now we got these gaping holes on our roadways and we just need to ask motorists to be very vigilant with their driving, to pay attention, to eliminate distractions because you need to look ahead on the road, you need to see where you’re going and you need to slow down before encountering a pothole," Noble said.

This year’s influx of potholes is due to the multiple snow storms that have required snowplows to take to the streets and scrape up against the pavement. When snowplows scrape up against the street, many plows also dig up pavement chunks that create these unruly holes in the ground.

Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes discussed the trials that come with removing potholes across the state.

"One of the problems you have is when it’s still cold out; you can’t put hot tar into a pothole. You have to just pound in some asphalt and hope it dry’s quickly before the next storm and that’s a cost of maintenance we keep up,” he said.

So far Mercer County has received more calls about potholes so far this winter then all of last year combined.

If you have potholes in your area, do not hesitate to report them to your town officials or go online to state.nj.us/transportation and report them there.

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