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

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].

Question: Mr. Mayor,

Thank you for making yourself available through this forum. I would like to express my appreciation to you and all the responsible individuals who have made possible the repaving of many of the townships roads. It has already made a tremendous difference!

I would, however, like to comment on the finishing of underground repairs. When the road is dug up to do the underground (electric/water etc.) work and then repaved upon completion, it seems that no care whatsoever is given to ensure that the new pavement is smooth, and even with the pavement around it. Is there anyone supervising and certifying that the job has been completed satisfactorily? It’s just a shame that as soon as one road gets repaired, other roads are damaged by sloppy workmanship.

Keep up the good work around town!

Sincerely,

Shlomo

Response from Mayor Coles: Good afternoon,

I am glad we have been able to get to as many roads as possible this year. We will continue our road program until we get all township roads into good shape again & institute a maintenance program so that none of them ever get that bad again.

I share your concern about what utility work does to our roads. The freshly paved roads have a 3 year moratorium so that they cannot be opened. Occasionally an emergency or special circumstance arises where we give permission. However, the repair job is now much more involved, because we require the use of infrared paving, which melts the old and new together and eliminates the seams which always cracked and caused potholes.

Large utility jobs where new pipes are laid require a 2 step process. An initial paving over them is done and then the pavements settles over a period of several months. This is because the soil around the pipes cannot be properly compacted without possibly damaging the pipes themselves. Then the company is supposed to come back and properly pave the road that was disturbed. I am always on the look out for areas where the final paving is not done in a reasonable amount of time. I have our engineering department on the look out as well. If you are aware of any areas like this, please let me know & I will have them checked out.

Thanks.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. I WAS TOLD SEVERAL YEARS AGO THAT WHENEVER A ROAD IS OPENED THEY MUST TAKE OUT A BOND AND THEY DO NOT GET THE MONEY BACK UNTIL THE TOWNSHIP IS SATISFIED WITH THE SMOOTHNESS OF THE ROAD.. iS THIS STILL THE POLICY ? IF NOT WHY NOT?

  2. Where is The Lakewood Police Department! In the last few days there have been countless robberies. Why aren’t police cars patrolling our neighborhoods?!

  3. To my dear fellow Lakewood residents
    till more of you wake up and smell the coffee stay tuned to whats in store just go to rt 9 oak and vine and look at whats going up on rt 9! oh right its state fault i forgot

  4. Arlington Avenue between John Street and Lincoln has so many bumps and dips from the various road work projects that it is jarring to drive down that stretch. Feels like you are riding a horse and buggy.

  5. Lexington Ave is amazing now! Thanks to all those responsible for the repaving.

    8th Street between Monmouth and Lexington (and west of Lexington ). This is an mportant connection from Squankum to rt88.
    Carey street – this runs from Forest to Squankum – valuable for all of area.
    Squankum road at 11th/carey is terrible. plus north and south of that intersection.

  6. James, between Sunset and the curve/fork towards Cross and Drake is so bad. The new pavement is so bumpy that one can actually lose control. You’ll notice that many cars and school buses drive on the shoulder as much as possible.

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