With snow (hopefully) in the rear-view mirror this season, Brick Township is focusing on pothole repairs. While the pothole repairs will bring their own cost, the good news is that the township did not spend all of the money set aside for plowing this season.
Mayor John Ducey said about $750,000 remains in the snow emergency fund and will be carried over to next winter. Brick also budgets $800,000 annually for snow removal.
With spring having arrived, the township is now switching from plowing as its top priority to the repair of potholes. To that end, Ducey is asking residents to provide the township with the location of potholes by calling the Pothole Hotline at 732-451-4060, Option 1 or to email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Residents can also report potholes on Twitter (@TownshipofBrick) and Instagram using the hashtag #BrickPothole.
Residents are asked to be as specific as possible about the location of the pothole, the township said in an announcement of its pothole program.
Two crews from the township’s Public Works Department will be working exclusively on repairing potholes until all potholes are fixed, Ducey said. The crews utilize a cold asphalt mix that can be applied in lower temperatures than traditional asphalt. The town began using the mix last year.
“Our Public Works Department is responsible for over 1,700 streets that total nearly 800 miles,” Ducey said. “It is difficult for us to know where every pothole is. We are asking residents to help us so we can have a focused and more efficient pot hole repair program,” said Mayor Ducey.
Potholes that are reported will be placed on a priority list.
The township can only repair potholes on municipally-owned streets. County roads and state roads must be fixed by those agencies, though the township can forward requests to those agencies, Ducey said.