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

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].


Hi Mr Mayor!

I had a question about responsibility for repaving streets after they are opened. It seems to me that after every street is opened, and repaved it is never the same again. It almost always becomes uneven. A perfect recent example of this is the new water pipes that were installed on Albert Ave, has turned that section into a roller coaster I’m not sure if there is someone who is responsible to make sure that it is repaved properly, but it hardly ever happens. Would it be feasible to charge a fee for opening up the street, and have the township pave it instead of leaving it up to contractors shoddy work.


Response from Mayor Coles:

Good morning,

When gas, sewer or water pipes are installed the restoration must be done in 2 phases. Once the pipes are in the ground, the trench gets filled and an initial paving is done. The fill around the pipe and base paving must settle for a while so that when the top coat is installed it also does not sink or crack. I will admit that I have not been very happy with the follow up that is done to insure that the final paving is done as soon as possible after the work. I have had many conversations with the engineering department about setting up a review system to insure that none of these jobs gets forgotten. In the case of Albert, the final paving should be done in the beginning of October. I also spoke to the MUA who will inspect the area and make sure that any problem areas get addressed until the job is complete.




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  1. I feel like this issue comes up every few months, but we still can’t find a solution.

    I mean, how long do we expect till we have a feasible plan in place. We gadda hurry up while we can still catch up.

  2. Joe Parker used to be a beautiful road to drive. It was opened over a year ago, & this follow up paving you speak of never happened. It’s terribly bumpy & many motorcycles drive here which makes it dangerous as well. Just one of many examples of nobody caring.

  3. On a separate note, can we review how permits are Issued to Blue Claws stadium.

    This past Sunday there was an event with extremely high volume music that was deafening.

    The windows of my home were vibrating from the bass. Can we review this process?

  4. Washington street from pine and Williams from James is like like driving through Kosovo ! Whoever is in charge of making sure that final product should be smooth should be fired .

  5. Arlington Ave between John and Lincoln was opened for construction a couple years back and was repaved poorly with a huge sudden bone jarring dip that kills car suspensions. Isn’t it time it was repaved correctly?

  6. @blueclaws, that activity that you are referring was during the day and it ended before 6 pm. Meanwhile there’s other occasions where there’s cars with music blasting around neighborhoods all over Lakewood during certain religious holidays and that’s ok? Before you start complaining,educate yourself and be a better neighbor so we can all live together and make Lakewood a better place for everyone.

  7. @ look who’s talking

    So because it ended by 6pm that’s ok? It was loud and not what we’d like to hear. Regardless of the time. As tax payers we should have a say.

    As for the ‘other’ events you mentioned, feel free to file a complaint.

    And btw- those events are usually confined to specific neighborhoods.

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