Pricey asphalt not filling potholes

July 8, 2008 5:02:14 PM PDT
It's going to be a bumpy ride ahead. Roads in desperate need of repairs may not get a smooth coat of black top because the cost of asphalt is soaring. The binding material used in asphalt which makes it strong and durable is an oil based product. Knowing that, motorists are ready to blame big oil companies for our road woes.

"A lot of the oil companies instead of making $50 billion every quarter, how about making $40 billion and giving us some relief," motorist Bill Franceschini said.

Bergen county has an annual paving budget of just over $8 million. This year, 25 projects were on the books. But now, the county can only afford to do 23.

"Last year we were paying $45 a ton, this year we are almost $55 a ton so that's more than a 20 percent increase in one year," said Tom Connolly, Bergen County Association Superintendent of Roads.

The idea of raising revenue to buy more asphalt probably won't rollover well in communities were taxes are high.

State leaders admit they have few solutions to the asphalt increases because anything related to oil is putting a squeeze on all municipalities.

"They have to struggle with this, so it makes tightening your belt all that much more necessary," New Jersey Governo Jon Corzine said.

In the future, motorist might notice there might be more potholes as municipalities struggle with increase of asphalt prices. ---
STORY BY: Eyewitness News New Jersey Reporter Anthony Johnson
WEB PRODUCED BY: Scott Curkin

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STORY BY: Eyewitness News New Jersey Reporter Anthony Johnson
WEB PRODUCED BY: Scott Curkin


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