Pothole repair season is officially underway in New Jersey

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Even though we haven't had a lot of snow, potholes are still rattling the suspensions of Delaware Valley drivers. Tuesday, New Jersey begins its annual effort to fight back.  

New Jersey's pothole repair crews are out, and state transportation department spokesman Steve Schapiro says you don't need snow for potholes to form.

"It's that freeze-thaw cycle that really can be damaging to our roads. When that water seeps into a crack, freezes and expands, that creates a pothole," he explained.

State crews filled 35,000 potholes in January. That's similar to two years ago. 

Last January, 20,000 craters were repaired statewide. 

Schapiro says most work is being done between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. If there's a pothole on your daily commute that you'd like to report, Schapiro says to call 1-800-POTHOLE with the location.

"It's helpful to provide information such as the road you're on, the direction you're traveling and any mileposts or cross streets that can help identify where that pothole is," he added.