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Rooney bill addresses pothole hell for N.J. drivers

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ,  It isn’t always smooth riding on the roads of the Garden State. Potholes can seem to pop-up out of nowhere, damaging vehicles, delaying commuters, and costing drivers for expensive repairs.

Assemblyman Kevin J. Rooney has introduced legislation requiring the Transportation Department to make pothole repairs a priority and include details in an annual report.

“It is clear that the Department of Transportation needs more legislative and public oversight to do basic roadway maintenance,” said Rooney (R-Bergen). “If Murphy’s Department of Transportation focused as much attention on maintaining our roadways as they did with salting in the rain, this problem would be nonexistent. The Governor was handed a fully funded Transportation Trust Fund and yet his administration cannot do the basic maintenance to protect our drivers.”

Under Rooney’s bill (A5328), the DOT must track the number and cost of repair projects. It must also track response times for emergency repairs and the number of damage claims. The information will be included in an annual report and made available on the department’s website.

“It’s not enough to just send trucks out to patch the road,” Rooney noted. “We need to know the extent of the problem, and the cost of temporary fixes or more permanent solutions. This data will help develop a long-term strategy for more reliable roadways.”

Currently, the department is required to deliver an annual report on New Jersey’s roadway pavement system to the governor and Legislature. The last report was published in 2016

3 thoughts on “Rooney bill addresses pothole hell for N.J. drivers

  1. screw the pot holes . How about getting Bergen county to re-believe some of the roads in Ridgewood. Ackerman Ave., Franklin Turnpike, Racetrack Rd., Franklin Avenue,

  2. Roads are shit.Staten island today has better roads overall
    than Ridgewood and Bergen county.

  3. this is a two to three year issue..responsible departments
    have been on permanent waivers to completely neglect
    our main roads.,they flipped us the bird …wrecks our cars
    meantime VOR CREWS ride In 80 k high suspension SUVs

    sewers caving into their brick vaults..they slather on the
    hot patch if at all..street Aside stop shop collapsed storm drains for YEARS TOWNS ROAD NOT COUNTY ROAD

    a complete joke this towns management …they could care less ..

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