Spring is finally in the air, and with the warmer weather comes winter clean up. Snow, rain and winter freezing damages the roads leaving potholes that make driving around town quite bumpy.   In addition to filling potholes, Livingston Township Department of Public Works (DPW) employees will be out from March through June with six-person crews busy with crack sealing, micro-surfacing roads, and filling temporary road patches with permanent fixes. In total, six tons of black top will be used daily to help extend road life to between 5 to 10 years, depending on road usage, and weather damage. In 2010, DPW employees patched a total of 253 potholes in the Township including clusters of potholes that required large area patching.

"By doing road maintenance in-house, the Township saves a considerable amount of money on labor costs as well as on materials, since the black top we use is bought at a discounted rate,” reported Michael Anello, Superintendent of Public Works. "It’s been a tough winter this year, and DPW employees have done a wonderful job, working days on end clearing the snow."

The dedication of DPW employees will be recognized on April 13, 2011, by the Livingston Chamber of Commerce who will be presenting the Department with an award for Exceptional Service to the community. It is well deserved, and staff should be applauded for all their hard work not only with the snow removal, but with leaf collecting, maintenance of parks and fields, water system maintenance, curb repairs, and more…

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Residents are requested to utilize the Citizen’s Service Request System to report potholes and any damage/concerns regarding street and road repair. The system deals with non-emergency requests, and can be accessed by visiting the Township website:  www.livingstonnj.org.  Click on the Service Request Icon in the upper right hand corner of the home page to report a damage/concern.  Follow the directions on screen with your name, and address. Click on service type in the drop-down menu, and fill in the location details. Alternatively, if you don’t have access to a computer, contact the Pothole Hotline: 973-535-7931.  The Department of Public Works is located on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Building, 357 South Livingston Ave.

Potholes on County Roads: Beaufort Avenue, Eisenhower Parkway, Kennedy Parkway, North & South Livingston Avenue, Laurel Avenue, East & West Northfield Road, Old Mount Pleasant Avenue, Old Short Hills Road, Passaic Avenue, Shrewsbury Drive, South Orange Avenue, and Walnut Street, should be reported to the Essex County Department of Public Works (973-226-8500).

Potholes on New Jersey State Highwaysshould be reported online to the NJ Department of Transportation at http://www.nj.gov/transportation/commuter/potholeform.shtm. These roads include East & West Mount Pleasant Avenue (Route 10) and Route 280.