Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Public asked to call about potholes

Sick of feeling like you're driving on the moon? Ready to declare war on potholes? Camden County wants to hear from you!

County officials are asking residents to call their public works hotline - 856-566-2980, staffed 24/7 - to report potholes or other unsafe road conditions on county-maintained roadways.

"We need you to become engaged in this effort to make Camden County a better place to live and drive throughout our 1,200 miles of highway," said Freeholder Ian K. Leonard, public works liaison.

Not surprisingly, the hotline has already been hopping.

"Absolutely," county spokesman Dan Keashen said. "We're receiving - I would be remiss if I said anything under - hundreds of calls since the last storm."

Since Jan. 1, county workers have poured about 900 tons of patch to seal up those craters, at a cost of about $200,000, according to Leonard.

And the county is now calling in the big guns.

The county has procured the services of a Pothole Killer, a truck that with just one person manning it can suck out, fill in, and seal a pothole in about 90 seconds.

Leonard said it should be on the county roads within the week. - Rita Giordano

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