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Weather Brings Early Start To Pothole Season

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All the snow, cold, ice and salt have combined to create an early start to pothole season. Pothole problems are popping up everywhere. Road Crews are struggling to fill them all while drivers fight to avoid the car-damaging craters. One of the worst potholes we've seen is at busy 5th and Market Streets in old city, right across from the Liberty Bell

You could lose a small tourist in this beauty. All over our region, potholes are causing problems for the folks responsible for filling them.

Throughout Camden County, drivers are playing a dangerous game of Russian Roulette wondering with only a second to react whether that pool of water up ahead fills a tire-trashing, rim-wrecking rut.

Sandra Fortuna runs a dance studio on Route 130 in Collingswood just out front, a water-filled whopper of a pothole.

"Last night and yesterday, the students said they would come to the edge of the building and they would wait for a lull in the traffic because they could see they were going to get splashed," Fortuna said. "I went out and took a look and it looked to be about this deep. The problem is just wide enough for a tire."

Sandra says the hole has impacted her business!

"I had two people miss lesson last night because they broke their tires in local potholes," Sandra said.

The freeze-thaw cycle has turned roads throughout the county into minefields says Freeholder Director Louis Capelli, Jr.

"I've been a freeholder for ten years. This is by far the worst year ever. The weather has just destroyed the roads," Cappelli said.

Capelli said the county has already blown through its million dollars now removal budget for the season—by $ 600,000 and counting.

Now, three million must be found for the pothole 30-to-60 day pothole blitz, just underway.

"So we're going through every capital account we have. We're looking for unspent funds and putting them toward the pothole problem," Capelli said.

South Jersey communities have it particularly rough with little to no financial help from the feds or the state and a 2% Property Tax Cap means local budgets are particularly tight.

Capelli says potholes can be a public safety issue so the money will be found.

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