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Pothole Problems: Where Are the Worst Road Craters in Washington Twp.?

Harsh winter has wreaked havoc on New Jersey roadways.

It's been a rough winter, no one's questioning that. 

From snow days at school to salt shortages throughout the state, towns have had to deal with the inclement weather on a daily basis, Washington Township included. 

With the heavy snow and ice accumulations over the past couple of months, roads may have suffered the most, as small cracks in the pavement a few weeks ago have become tire-busting craters nearly impossible to avoid.

Each town has its share of notoriously bad potholes drivers try to avoid for fear of a blowout, or even worse.

Long Valley Patch put this question out to readers on its Facebook page last week, and a general consensus from nearly two dozen comments had four road sections up for worst in town:
  • Bartley Road (between Naughright and West Morris Central)
  • Schooley's Mountain Road (entire length)
  • Parker Road (between Old Farmers Road and Chester Township border)
  • West Mill Road (between Neighbour House and Long Valley Middle School)
So, Washington Township, which roads have the worst potholes in town? Let us know in the comments, and if you've got a photo of a bad spot, be sure to send it over to jason.koestenblatt@patch.com.
Leah Korbel February 25, 2014 at 07:12 AM
West Valley Brook!
roger freiday February 25, 2014 at 07:32 AM
BARTLEY road (county maintained by the bye) AND Fairview by Laketown rd also Fairview about 1/2 mile south of Naughright. Bartley is scheduled for complete renewal however, so Mr. Frech (twp roads dept) how about that nasty stretch of Fairview that did not get done, from Jones Lane to Laketown ?
Joanne February 25, 2014 at 08:05 AM
the Newburgh road bridge, I know its scheduled at some time to get replaced, but its about ready to split in half now with those craters up the middle. also on Camp Washington Road, sort of near the Naughright section Schooleys Mountain road is maintained by the county, and I did see them scatter sticky pebbles recently, but they went everywhere but the holes!
Not Domino February 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Where are the worst potholes? That's easy: On the roads. All of them! :-( Drove to New Brunswick yesterday, and it literally felt like I was driving through a war zone the entire way. Time to buy stock in wheel alignment shops...
Tracy Tobin February 28, 2014 at 08:09 PM
Mr. Freiday the County had a truck working on Bartley Road for most of the day earlier this week. Scott Frech has trucks working around town and will continue the temporary repairs. Joanne The Newburgh Road Bridge is maintained by the County. Also, at this time of year, the only material available for pot hole patching is "cold patch" which does not adhere to the exposed surfaces and therefore "scatters" as cars drive over it. It is better than nothing but not a long lived solution. It reduces the depth of the pot hole for a period of time.
Tracy Tobin February 28, 2014 at 08:17 PM
Pot holes this winter are the most numerous we have seen in several years, due to the extreme temperatures shifts with freezing and thawing allowing water to get through cracks in the pavement. Permanent pot hole repair requires "hot patch", but the asphalt companies have not brought any of their hot units on line as yet. Some companies are trying to develop "mobile hot box units", and Morris County is looking at the technology to see if it is ready for use in the real world. I am sure that the first equipment available will come with a high price tag. An ideal candidate for County/Municipal Shared Services if and when it becomes available.
roger freiday February 28, 2014 at 10:11 PM
No problem with me and W Twp, they are way ahead of the other towns. Bartley IS county AND I see that it will be totally redone this year. I hope to see some ''tar and chip'' or anything, on the 1/4 mile of Fairview from Jones Lane to Laketown, that is looking like the Burma road. Not a big repair but it is dirt, showing through, like red clay.
Joanne March 01, 2014 at 04:41 AM
they did repair the Newburgh bridge when I recently went over it again. Tracy, the problem I see with sharing services with the county, is the county would hog it and use it all over Morris, and Long Valley wouldn't see much use time, plus I am sure as with other big machinery there will be a lot of repair issues, unless we pay 5% and they pay the rest ;-) I am not "up" on what they use for pot hole filling, but I do notice whatever it is, Long Valley fills their holes better than the county does...our DPW does the job well, more attention to detail maybe..
Tracy Tobin March 01, 2014 at 05:21 AM
Joanne I agree that equipment sharing is not an ideal solution, but large special purpose units can blow our entire Capital budget and not get used enough to have it sitting idle 9 months of the year. We have good working relationships with a number of nearby towns where we share equipment and personnel. DPW Supervisors like Scott Frech work with their colleagues in other towns to exchange services and maximize the use of tax dollars. It would take a separate Patch article to give a better picture.
Joanne March 01, 2014 at 06:59 AM
Tracy, I do understand the sharing part, but if were to share with the whole county, the county has many more pot holes than LV, so there would have to be a good sliding scale on how much we, or perhaps another town would pay vs the work load the county has.......and who and where will this equipment be based and repaired, if it would be at the WTDPW, that would also have to be taken into consideration, if we use our equipment and man power for such repairs. I do not travel all roads in town, so also understand the frustration from the other posters, I can only comment on where I go and see, and from my view, I think the township is doing a great job (and better than the county). that was my point ;-)

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