Potholes and More Potholes--What the County is Doing, What You Can Be Doing

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Have you noticed that this winter's intense weather has left a few gaping holes in our county roads? Especially the spot at Main and Woodbridge near the post office? Once again, the calls of residents have prompted more good actions here in Metuchen--the county has responded with workers and potholes are being filled and roads repaired as I write this.

As a  temporary fix, DOT workers used what's called a "throw-and-roll" method (throwing asphalt in the hole and tamping down the material until it's compacted). Permanent fixes are often created by cleaning and squaring the crevasse, stuffing it with the  hot mix, then rolling and sealing the seam.

If you'd like to report a pothole on a state roadway, call the DOT's repair line, (800) POTHOLE (768-4653), or go to state.nj.us/transportation and click "Report a Pothole." If you want to let the government know (and pay for) any damage to your car from said potholes, you've got to show that the government entity knew or should have known about the pothole, and that the failure to fix it is "palpably unreasonable," according to Dave Grubb, executive director of the Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund, which insures 385 municipalities in the state. "The burden of proof is on the motorist."

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Does that mean our tax money has to pay to fiz a road that Renaissance will build over?

8:46 - Central Ave goes down the middle of the "stop and shop" property and has not been vacated by the town. That portion of Middlesex, as well as Central Ave beginning at the intersection with Middlesex, are county roads. The little stub at the end of central connecting central to lake, that is an Amtrak easement for which Renaissance has obtained an easement, although the town would probably have an argument that it has become a public road over decades of use as such.

I believe that is part of a private road now owned by the developers of the old stop and shop.

10:09 - call the county road department.

Theres a HUGE pothole on Middlesex ave and Central Ave. It totally messed up my car's aliginment and ripped out the plastic mud covers under my car.

I thought the contractors were supposed to post a bond and not get it back until the job is finished and inspected.

Oh sure, but people forget, that if you are the one that hired the service, don't think for one minute that if the service claims they did a good job and the Boro says otherwise, that you are not the one who is on the hook, especially if the contractor refuses to improve the repair.

It's not the responsibility of the boro code inspector to make sure the contractor does that?

Homeowners need to understand is that if they are having a utility service commence digging into a street for items such as sewer service to your residence that it is their responsibility as a homeowner to ensure that a proper road repair is performed. I have seen way too many throw and roll patches done in Metuchen, only to see them 1/2 to two inches below grade level a week or two latter.

I say that with a sense of humor too since the bore holes drilled on Grove Avenue by a service quality testing for the material put down by the road contractor after last summer's paving job took place. We now have a lot of small bore pot holes on Grove. Last I heard the Boro was addressing that too.

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