Chaveirim: We’re Dealing with Hundreds of Flats Due to Potholes; Committeeman Coles Says DPW Trying to Keep Up

2Chaveirim has received hundreds of calls for flat tires in the past few weeks due to the unusual amount of potholes this season, a Chaveirim spokesman tells TLS.

Many vehicles have also sustained damages to their rims and other parts due to the potholes, Chaveirim says.

“We are also seeing vehicles getting two busted tires at once,” a Chaveirim member says.

But unfortunately, this serious issue isn’t just in Lakewood, it’s in many other towns around New Jersey and the tri-state area.

Committeeman Ray Coles, who serves as the liaison to the Department of Public Works explained that the roads are severely impacted by the severe weather condition the we’ve been experiencing this Winter.

The Committeeman explained that the potholes occur when water seeps beneath the pavement through cracks caused by the wear and tear of traffic, and as the temperatures drop, the water freezes and then expands, breaking the pavement.

1“The key is to drive slowly and carefully,” says Committeeman Coles. Especially when streets are covered with either water or snow, “you just can’t see what’s under it.”

But Committeeman Coles says the Department of Public Works is doing their part to try to rectify the issue, at least temporarily until they are able to fill the holes with hot patches when the weather improves.

“On Saturday, we had five trucks filling potholes around town,” says Coles.

The Committeeman said the crews used whatever supply they had left and are waiting on a new shipment to be able to continue the filling process. [TLS]





There are 38 Comments to "Chaveirim: We’re Dealing with Hundreds of Flats Due to Potholes; Committeeman Coles Says DPW Trying to Keep Up"

  • hi says:

    Please fix Oak Street between Albert and New Hampshire Aves.

  • Wait for moshiach! says:

    Maybe if they would shovel or salt the roads and roads would be clean the potholes will be more noticeable and easier to fix…

  • dad says:

    Gudz Road is a nightmare!

  • By girl says:

    Gudz miller and westagte HORRIBLE

  • common sense says:

    Does the township reimburse you if your car is damaged by a pothole?
    If yes, what is the process?

  • Anonymous says:

    Agree with #1… Oak Street over there is awful. Rout 9 Northbound between Chestnut & Oak is also bad.

    I had to replace one tire yesterday & get a plug in another (but was told by the tire guy it won’t last because of where the plug is on the tire).

  • Anonymous says:

    pine near the 9 is bad

  • Anonymous says:

    I have a good idea instead of chaverim running from 1 corner to the next and running throught the whole town changing tires they should spend that time filling pot holes the let dpw fix flats so this way the pot holes will be filled and aaa will end up fixing the flats

  • v says:

    to #5 yes you have to file a police report

  • Anonymous says:

    just by putting some slack pebble & driving over them with their pick up truck a few times, DO NOT help a bit!!

  • Lakewoodtaxpayer says:

    Many of potholes were there before the storms. The situation was never addressed properly and now Lkwd has a bigger problem on their hands.

  • Country club man says:

    Please fix Country Club Drive. It is really bad. Thanks DPW for trying to keep up with the potholes.

  • sm says:

    I am sitting here and reading all of these negative comments getting posted. Do you think if you were in charge you would do a better job? probably not !!!!

  • Sue A. says:

    If Mr. Coles says the Twp is trying their best I believe it. I’ve called Mr. Coles for help with Public Works and he’s a man of his word.

  • Only Me says:

    I saw them filling potholes on Shabbos. They were really working hard in the rain to make our roads better.
    Let’s cut the criticism and give credit where credit is due – Thank you DPW, Keep up the great work.

  • Just sayin' says:

    Thank you to the DPW for fixing the MASSIVE pothole on Miller Road near Adams Street. I was detouring down South Lake Drive out of fear of that one.
    Everyone else: please remember that this is gonna be a problem everywhere. which means that every town, state, county, and municipality will have a lot of repairs to do. TAX HIKES ANYONE?
    Lastly, perhaps this will convince some people to slow down. Obviously not every flat tire and ruined rim could have been avoided however…..

  • Duh says:

    Wait for mashiach – even if they would salt and plow to the ground the potholes would still be filled with water, ice or snow. I wouldn’t have the chutzpah to ask these already over worked guys (and girls) to dig out each pothole so we could see them better

  • fuzz says:

    ridge and somerset is crazy they have to do something!

  • Concerned says:

    The D P W is doing the best they can, working many hours between plowing and pot hole repair

  • Reb Miller Yid says:

    Potholes should remind us, we always have to dodge and swerve around the “pits”. Don’t let the opportunity slip away!

  • Anonymous says:

    Ceder row & walden

  • Huh? says:

    I think a lot of the pothole ridden areas are due for its periodic full milling and repaving . They have deep cracks and pits the take on water and freeze causing the potholes.

  • ANON says:

    I think I’m missing something or is everyone stupid. POTHOLES ARE FROM THE WEATHER!! Has anyone noticed that we’ve had a pretty tough winter? Do you think dpw can solve all your problems?? Go drive around the northeastern us there are huge potholes EVERYWHERE! Its just the reality that we have to tolerate till the weather warms up.

  • Oy vey says:

    Maybe Chaverim can spend some time training people to change their own tires instead. It never ceases to astonish me how people are able to call someone away from his seder/parnosah/family time etc to do a chore for them for which they have ALL the necessary equipment right there in the trunk. Typically if you know what your doing you can be on your way in the amount of time it takes for one of the volunteers to come. They are Malachim for the chesed that they do but that’s not an excuse to take advantage because you don’t want to get your hands dirty.

  • Joe says:

    Video: Chaveirim Demonstration For Local Day Camp

  • anon says:


  • A Voice says:

    Maybe they will come to their senses and start using ground up recycled tires in road paving. More expensive, yes initially. Overtime, much cheaper!

  • lkwd man says:

    I would not recommend trying to change a tire on your own without proper knowledge.I was once changing my tire while I was pulling the tire off the car shifted and my hand was pinned between the car and my tire needless to say im thankful my hand is still with me and whenever I think about it I am forever grateful to hashem for that so dont try to change your tire by yourself better chaverim come then hatzolah

  • RebRambo says:

    There is a HUMONGOUS one at James and Williams. I actually saw a guy with his fishing rod pulling out some trout.

  • Anonymous says:


  • ? says:

    While it may be true that pot holes are weather related….have you noticed that there really aren’t potholes on the State and County roads here? Just wondering why. New Hampshire is fine. So is Sunset rd. So is Central Ave. are they using better material to pave in the first place? Anyone have an idea???

  • Resident says:

    Kudos to Westgate they’re management fixed themselves th potholes on the township road to make it smoother for thier residents

  • Anon says:

    williams street off james is literally impossible to turn onto without falling into a HUGE HUGE pothole, i was going 5 MPH!!!!! and i still damaged my bumper on it, it’s that deep. i know they’re working hard but try to get on that one asap it’s scary

  • Chaim says:

    Love the video of Peretz!

  • ANON says:

    Yes state & county roads are built better to handle the higher volume of traffic that they expect on that road. Doesn’t mean township roads are built bad. Just that the roads don’t get the volume that would justify using reinforced concrete & many layers of asphalt.

  • Unable to drive like a mensch says:

    Park between rt 88 and second street is really bad!!

  • To ? says:

    I’m not sure what you are talking about. I was on route 9 today down near presidential estates and it was full of potholes as was Cross St which is a county road. Before you make a , maybe check your facts….

  • berel says:

    Hearthstone off cross street is terrible. You can change your own tire. Just use common sence and you and your car will be fine. Most chaverim members are not mechanics. They just regilar guys trying to help a fellow in need

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