Exercise caution during your commute. As potholes fill with water from rain and melting snow, it can be difficult to tell how large and deep some of them actually are. A pothole is a type of failure in an asphalt pavement, caused by the presence of water in the underlying soil structure and the presence of traffic passing over the affected area. Introduction of water to the underlying soil structure first weakens the supporting soil. Traffic then fatigues and breaks the poorly supported asphalt surface in the affected area. Continued traffic action ejects both asphalt and the underlying soil material to create a hole in the pavement.
Pothole damage to your vehicle can easily be extensive. Damage to the vehicle’s tires, hub caps, struts, and alignment can quickly add up leaving some drivers with repairs up to a thousand dollars or more.
Phone numbers to report potholes courtesy of our Mayor James R. Barberio. Have a pothole to report? Here are the correct numbers to call:
For our local Parsippany Township maintained roads and streets please call (973) 263-7093.
Morris County roads please call 973-285-6763.
State highways call 1-800-POTHOLE.
Do a little research to see if the road commission in your area pays for pothole damage to vehicles. First determine if the road is a Township of Parsippany, Morris County, or state road. Depending on the area you live in, it is possible to get reimbursement. Of course it can be a lengthy process, so be prepared to pay the cost upfront.
Tips for city, county, or state pothole damage reimbursement:
- Take a photo of the pothole
- Note the date and time of accident
- Get a two estimates
In New Jersey, if on a state highway, to file a pothole damage claim, please contact the Department of Treasury’s Office of Risk Management at (609) 292-4347 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.