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WESTFIELD, NJ — They’ll flatten your tire, cause costly repairs to your vehicle’s suspension and hitting one while riding a bicycle could turn your whole world upside down.

Mayor Shelley Brindle is calling on the public to help finger potholes so that they can be more quickly patched.

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“We need you on our Summer Pothole Patrol!” Brindle said in a statement last week. “With the nicer weather arriving and many residents walking throughout town, we are looking for your help to identify the remaining potholes for the DPW to repair this summer.”

It's not an entirely new concept. In 2015, the town launched “Pothole Patrol.” The new guard, however, engages the public in a digital format for a wider array of concerns.

Residents can suggest not just potholes for repair, but also report other town infrastructure in need of repair through Westfield Connect. The town’s mobile application allows users to report non-emergency issues, including potholes needing repair, park and tree maintenance and other items, Brindle said. Other items to have made the Westfield Connect to-do list have included a report of an abandoned child’s bicycle and sidewalks mangled by tree roots.

“Launched just over a year ago, this free app (available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store) allows users to easily report non-emergency issues in town — including potholes, park and tree maintenance, and more,” Brindle said. “We currently have just under 600 users, and I’d like to see that number reach 1,000 in the coming months.”

More attention to maintaining existing roadways follows the town's $3.7 million investment in road paving in 2019. It is also among the recommendations from Arizona-based Infrastructure Management Services, which the town hired to conduct a comprehensive assessment of municipal roadways last year.  

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And while not all potholes are in the town’s power to fix, Westfield officials will be pleased to pass along to the message that they need fixing to the proper authorities, Brindle said.

“Please note that potholes on County and State roads are not ones that we have the authority to repair — including North and South Avenues, Central Avenue, sections of East Broad Street, Springfield Avenue, West Broad Street, Lamberts Mill Road and Mountain Avenue,” Brindle said. “Although we are happy to pass the information along to their respective contacts for follow up,” she said.

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