If your car hits a pothole on the way to work in Atlantic, Cape or Cumberland county, you are not alone.
Robin M. Buehler keeps her eyes on the road and on the potholes that pockmark them.
On the Mays Landing resident’s commute to Northfield, she avoids one in particular on Main Street — about 200 feet from a traffic light at Route 40, River Road and Main Street in Mays Landing.
“Now, it has gotten to the point where when I go that route, I slow down. … I look for it, so that I avoid it, so that I’m not going over it,” said Buehler, 47, who needed her car realigned after hitting an Egg Harbor Township pothole one summer.
Atlantic County potholes can be reported at atlantic-county.org/public-works or its pothole hotline, 877-426-7623.
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Throughout South Jersey in Feburary and March, compromised roads, salt-spraying, snow, ice and temperatures that fluctuate above and below freezing are a recipe for potholes.
Potholes appearing lately are annoying drivers, who try to avoid them, and government officials, who are called on to fix them.
Paul Rosenberg, a bakery fleet manager, said his drivers take off at 3:30 a.m. to deliver bread while trying to avoid the potholes on the west side of Mill Road between West Leeds Avenue and Delilah Road in Pleasantville.
“You hit that at the wrong angle, and you will actually do physical damage. You might need an alignment afterwards,” said Rosenberg, of Egg Harbor Township. “It was huge last year.”
Pleasantville Mayor Jesse Tweedle knows about the potholes on that stretch of Mill Road.
“We gave it to our engineer to do a cost estimate to see if we can replace that (road) with paving. That road has a history of the asphalt being torn up because of heavy trucks going over it,” Tweedle said. “That road is in need of a complete job.”
The repairs of potholes can be slowed if the driver does not know who is responsible for the road.
Municipalities take care of their own roads. The county maintains county roads, and the state is responsible for its roads.
Tweedle said Pleasantville is working to establish a website at which people can input information on potholes.
The potholes that bother Peter Bisher the most are on Ventnor Avenue between Jackson and Little Rock avenues in Ventnor.
Bisher, of Ventnor, remembers blowing out a tire once on a pothole at Maryland Avenue and Shore Road in Somers Point.
He hit his brakes to try to avoid it, but it was too late. He tried to have the city reimburse him, but with no such luck, he said.
“When your car is getting messed up from them, it’s pointless to get the city to pay,” Bisher, 41, wrote on The Press of Atlantic City’s Facebook page.
Atlantic County has 370 miles of county roads to maintain, said Greg Brookins, county Public Works director.
This year, the county has some new equipment to fight potholes, including machines designed to allow more asphalt to continue to flow.