HOBOKEN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – As the snow has started to disappear, what has been left behind is a trail of damaged roads throughout the Tri-State Area.
For weeks, CBS2 has been on pothole patrol. Reporter Alice Gainer took Mobile 2 out for a spin on Wednesday in Hoboken, where workers were addressing the problem.
Gainer drove along Washington Street, the main road in Hoboken. It was riddled with potholes.
Earlier, she followed a new machine the city has been using to take care of the potholes. It’s said to be faster and will save a lot of money.
The snow may have melted, but the potholes still linger. Just ask motorists.
“It’s horrendous lately,” one person said.
“Lost a couple hub caps on my car,” another added.
However, the machine dubbed the “pothole killer” has been on the case.
The spray injection uses liquid asphalt and is operated by one man as opposed to a five-man crew.
“With a typical crew you’d probably do 50 to 60 if that and here he’s been doing 200,” said Hoboken Director of Environmental Services Leo Pellegrini.
The City of Hoboken contracted the Pennsylvania company to save time and money.
Normally they would have to first cold patch the potholes with a crew, which is just a temporary fix, and then come back and hot patch it.
The pothole killer is one-stop shopping. It’s a more permanent fix, and costs Hoboken $17,500 for 10 days of work.
Whereas last winter the city “probably spent $45,000 on cold patch and that’s not including what we spent on hot patch,” Pellegrini said.
So how many potholes have been cleared so far? After five days of work, Donnie Harris said around 800.
“Great machine. I wish I invented it,” Harris said.
Harris has used the machine in other cities and said we shouldn’t feel too bad with all the potholes here.
“Washington has far more issues than you do here,” Harris said.
The truck has a GPS that tracks how many potholes he’s filled. The city gets a report the following day, Gainer reported.
The city said it is going to contract another truck for next week to expedite the job, because it estimates there are thousands of potholes Hoboken, Gainer reported.