Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Central Avenue

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].


Thank you for this forum.

I live in the Central Avenue area and a school building has been put up down the road. While I have no complaints against them and wish them the best, they ripped open Central Avenue for utilities and never fixed it right. It is now horrible to drive down.

I understand this is a county road, and it’s not the township’s responsibility to repave. However, this is not the only occurrence of this. This has been an issue all over town.

I was wondering what more could be done regarding the responsibility of utilities and builders to fix the roads properly after construction, and enforcement of this.

Thank you,

Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning,

This has been one of my pet peeves as well. The township adopted an ordinance which requires contractors to do infra red repairs when the open roads for utility work. Our engineering department follows up on these based on Road Opening permits which are taken out prior to the work being done. Sometimes the repairs have be done in 2 stages. An initial paving over the work & then final paving once the road has settled back. This final paving is the one which tends to get missed & I asked them to make sir they have a better follow-up to ensure these roads are kept in the best condition possible. I asked them to follow up on the Central Ave issue you raised in your email.


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  1. The finalnrepaves are rarely done properly and turn into major pot hole centers. The township needs to do more to enforce these rules.

  2. If you want to see the result of utilitiy crews breaking up a street & then just barely repaving it, take a look at Lexington Ave. The NJAWC ripped up the entire roadway from County Line all the way to First St & just patched it up in such a sloppy fashion.It is a horror to drive down that road & the township just ignores it. What else is new!!

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