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New Jersey Puts ‘Pothole Killer’ Trucks Into Action On Roadways

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One of the "pothole killer" trucks that New Jersey is renting for pothole repairs.  Photo provided by New Jersey DOT)

One of the “pothole killer” trucks that New Jersey is renting for pothole repairs. Photo provided by New Jersey DOT)

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TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) - Dodging potholes while behind the wheel is an annual ritual around here, but road crews in the tri-state area are trying their best to catch up and patch up.

How is New Jersey is addressing the problem?  Well, the Garden State is spending $2.1 million on pothole repair this season, which includes a three-month lease of a half-dozen specially equipped trucks that do quickie patch work.

“Two down in South Jersey, two in central, and two up north that are just assisting the crews that are out there fixing the potholes manually,” says Joe Dee with the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

By the end of June they expect to have filled about 190,000 potholes.

You say they haven’t gotten to your favorite one yet?  You can call 1-800-POTHOLES or head to their web site, www.state.nj.us/transportation/commuter/potholeform.shtm, to report a pothole.

By the way, Dee says the number of tips sent in this year has almost doubled from this time last year.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060

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