More cavernous potholes

3/14/2008:

I hope this doesn’t become a regular feature, because I’m not out to make city employees hate me… but another reader send this picture in about a mammoth pothole near Shoprite. He called it a “crater.”

Here’s a suggestion for the city: Just drive up and down each street. Bring two people. One to drive, the other to legibly write the locations in need of repair. Then dispatch the crew to fix them in order of severity. It’s about 17 miles total driving (not including coffee breaks). Shouldn’t take more than a couple hours.

Otherwise, when I get back to work next week, I’ll do it myself, and create a “report card” of the top 20 or 30 bad spots in town. And we’ll set the stopwatch to see what happens. I’ll also forward copies of my findings to city hall.

hoboken-pothole-shoprite.jpg

Wait a minute, they probably WANT me to do the work for them! Hmmm…

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23 Comments on "More cavernous potholes"

frustratedtaxpayer
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frustratedtaxpayer

[quote comment=”73528″][quote comment=”73405″]I nominate the one that has cost me nearly $900 so far, but I’m not sure if it falls under the jurisdiction of Hoboken or Jersey City: Observer Highway, on the way out of town toward the Exxon, the Turnpike and 1/9, under the bridge for the railroad tracks.[/quote]
I second this one! That crappy road cost me $698.52 last weekend![/quote]
both of the roads out of town towards JC are horrible and have been that way for years. it is extremely annoying that the roads are not fixed regardless of what city/jurisdiction they are in. on top of the pothole hazards to the cars, the streets are dangerous to walk across. i twisted my leg badly when my foot caught an indentation crossing Newark by Washington on the east side near the CVS. i’ve “fallen” in this before but escaped injury…not this time. 😡 🙁

sofia
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sofia

[quote comment=”73405″]I nominate the one that has cost me nearly $900 so far, but I’m not sure if it falls under the jurisdiction of Hoboken or Jersey City: Observer Highway, on the way out of town toward the Exxon, the Turnpike and 1/9, under the bridge for the railroad tracks.[/quote]
I second this one! That crappy road cost me $698.52 last weekend!

matt_72
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Most of the problem potholes pre-date winter. Some have been there for years.

hobojoe
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In all fairness to the city, it’s not yet that time of the year when proper repairs can be made to the streets. However, I’m not holding my breath that the problems will be addressed starting in a few weeks, either. Other cities (larger than ours) have online forms you can fill out to report potholes, receive a tracking number, and get follow-up if the problem isn’t fixed in x number of hours. In Hoboken, we have vehicles that they’ve bragged about traversing every street in town twice a day – yet noone seems to know about these problems with the streets? For crying out loud, put an Environmental Services person in the HPU money van one morning a week to keep track of this if you don’t want to assign a new vehicle for this duty.
Oh, and the cobblestone streets CAN be restored after being paved over – they’ve done it in Jersey City. However, so many improper repairs have been made to the streets over the years, half of them are probably missing.

jcasteli
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jcasteli

You just made a perfect point. The Techy Parking Van supposedly patrols all the city streets in a four hour period. the during a one week period is it not reasonable to ask that it also document each severe pot hole and share the information with the roadwork crew for priority. This isn’t rocket science people! I still think city employees use jet packs to get around. I will get a photo of this someday. Maybe they are invisible jet packs.

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