Crews working on county-owned roadways to fix potholes created by the recent harsh winter will get some additional help in the form of new equipment, the Morris County Freeholders announced.
The county’s governing body added $75,000 to its 2014 capital budget for the purchase of three Hot Boxes – which come at a cost of $25,000 each.
A Hot Box keeps the asphalt used to fill a pothole heated to the proper temperature, which ensures a better, stronger, longer-lasting pothole repair, the county said. When asphalt loses its heat before patching a hole, it also loses its effectiveness and creates a weaker filling.
The repair work is being conducted by the county’s roads, bridges, and shade tree division crews plugging holes along 300 miles of county roadways.