By Christie Duffy
The sound of driving on freshly laid pavement was music to drivers’ ears on the Palisades Parkway today.
“The New York roads are great. It’s New Jersey, man. This side has just been a disaster,” said Brittainy Cortilet.
“It’s too much potholes. It was about time!” said Juan Rodriguez.
“Definitely good,” said Ted Carela, who agreed the repaving was a long time coming,” said Ted Carela.
Drivers say all the potholes cost them money.
“It’s really nice to see they are actually putting down pavement that doesn’t destroy my car. I put like $500 of repairs into this car this winter,” Cortilet said.
“I changed like three tires because of the potholes,” Rodriguez said.
Taxi driver Rodriguez says he had to fork over $300 before he could get back to business. But he says, he’s seen worse.
“A lot of people have a lot of problems with accidents because sometimes people try to avoid the potholes and they be on top of the drivers,” he said.
Pothole repair crews were out dozens of times this winter to try and keep up.
“This used to be the most beautiful parkway. We always took it. We’d go up to Route 6,” said Terry Barberi. “And now I’ve been complaining each time we took it to go up to my sister’s about the bumpy road.”
It’s supposed to cost $11 million to repave 11 miles of parkway. The whole thing is supposed to be done by the end of this year. The NJDOT is footing the entire bill even though this road is owned and maintained by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.
When announcing the start of the project on their website, the NJDOT’s acting commissioner explained that the DOT is advancing the project because of the roadway’s state of disrepair, stating: “It has been nearly 20 years since it was last repaved and the road is riddled with potholes and temporary patches. The severity of this past winter left the parkway in an unacceptable condition, which is why NJDOT took on this project with such an aggressive schedule.”
Drivers should be advised that the construction could result in lane closures at night, and during the day in between the morning and evening rush. Right now the DOT says construction will only be done on weekdays, this week when the DOT says most work is being done at night.