Every Spring as the weather warms, and asphalt plants restart their operations, it marks the start of the Department of Public Works pothole patrol.
Several crews are hitting the streets to repair the breakdown of the roads created by the severe winter conditions over the last three months.
Commissioner Al Dyer, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works, talked about the ongoing effort.
“We have strategically dispatched our crews across the highways and byways of Camden County to put down asphalt and improve the conditions of our roads,” Dyer said. “The county will be moving forward with its capital maintenance program to repave roadways this spring. So, in the meantime, the pothole patrol will patch over as many problematic areas as possible before the spring construction season starts.”
The Commissioners are asking residents to report any road hazards they encounter to the Public Works Hotline at (856) 566-2980.
The number is answered by a live person, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“Residents are a tremendous help because they serve as our eyes on the roadways. The Board of Commissioners is striving to address potholes and roadway concerns from the Delaware River to the Pine Barrens,” Dyer continued. “We need all residents to become involved in this effort to make Camden County a better and safer place to live and drive throughout our 1,200 lane miles of roads.”
When residents call the Highway Department to report an issue, county personnel will come out to address the situation within a short period of time.
“And as a reminder, I want to ask residents to slow down and be patient when they see our crews working,” Dyer said. “Filling potholes can be a dangerous job so please remember to be aware of our personnel out working on the roads.”
*Post has been updated.