“Pothole Killer” debuts in Camden County this week

The Camden County Freeholder Board is deploying a pothole-filling machine on county streets this week. Named the “Pothole Killer,” the spray injunction patcher will assist the county in battling the toll this winter has had on the county’s roadways.

“The Camden County Department of Public Works fills potholes year round, but this year we are faced with a higher than usual amount of damage on our roadways,” said Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works. “The Pothole Killer truck uses one operator who stays inside the vehicle, filling the hole with a nozzle on the front of the truck. The entire process of filling a typical hole takes about 90 seconds.”

The pothole-filling machine is comprised of a truck with a tank on the back and a boom on the front that can be controlled from inside the cab. The boon first blows loose material out of the pothole, and then sprays aggregate and a heated emulsifying agent into the cleared hole. Stone particulate is then applied over the patch to complete the process.

“Not only does the Pothole Killer allow a single employee to fill a pothole in a fraction of the amount of time it would manually take a road crew, it also delivers a patch that lasts longer than those made with the cold-patch material that is available in during the winter months,” Leonard said. “This process allows us to quickly and efficiently address a large number of potholes.”

“Potholes can create safety hazards and can cause damage to vehicles, so motorists are urged to report any pothole they observe on Camden County roads,” Leonard said. “We need motorists to become engaged in this effort to make Camden County a better place to live and drive throughout our 1,200 lane miles of highway.”

Camden County is aggressive about locating and repairing potholes on all county maintained roads. The Freeholder Board asks residents to report road hazards they encounter to the Camden County Public Works Hotline (856) 566–2980. The number is answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“I also invite residents to use social media to contact the Freeholder Board to bring items to our attention as well,” Leonard said. “You can follow Camden County on Facebook and Twitter and we will respond to the same requests.”

For more information, contact the Camden County Department of Public Works at (856) 566–2980 or visit www.camdencounty.com.