Road problems in Princeton have become a major headache for drivers over the last several weeks. Reports of flat tires, rim damage and missing hubcaps are common as drivers navigate broken asphalt that is peppered with gaping potholes.
Road crews are filling the holes with a temporary asphalt product called cold patch, which has been in short supply because of the high demand. Bob Hough, the director of infrastructure and operations for the town of Princeton, said two public works department crews are working on pothole repairs each day.
“We have used approximately 25 tons of cold patch so far and have been getting our material from Trap Rock,” Hough said. “We are concentrating on the major roads first each day, and working our way into neighborhoods.”
Town crews will tackle roads under municipal jurisdiction like Harrison Street, but state and county roads will have to be repaired by the state and county departments of transportation.
“We have heard a lot of complaints about Route 206,” Hough said. “We continue to notify the New Jersey Department of Transportation about Route 206.”
At the town council meeting Monday night, Engineer Bob Kiser said the cold patches are a temporary fix. Road crews will make permanent repairs in the spring when the weather stabilizes.
In case more snow or freezing rain come our way, Hough said the town has approximately 225 tons of salt and about 150 tons of a sand and salt mix on hand.