New Jersey road crews begin repairing potholes left in winter’s wake

Crews with the New Jersey Department of Transportation have started targeting potholes created by a difficult winter.
The annual campaign, which began Wednesday, comes as the DOT reports many potholes are posing a risk to motorists.
Potholes are created by water seeping into cracks in the asphalt that expand when the water freezes, the DOT said.
“NJDOT crews work year-round to repair potholes and keep our highways in good condition, but at this time of year, it becomes our primary focus, especially after the winter that we have had,” Transportation Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said in a statement.
More extensive repairs will take place when the weather warms up and asphalt plants reopen, the DOT said.
Message boards will alert motorists to repairs and drivers are urged to slow down for the safety of workers.
New Jersey motorists can report problem spots by calling 1-800-POTHOLE or go online to the state DOT website.
DOT crews have repaired 90,639 potholes between July 1, 2020 and March 1.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.