Relief from potholes on the way

(Photo WDTN/Staff)
(Photo WDTN/Staff)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — Crews say they finally have a long term fix for the many potholes that have popped up on area roads.

“As the temperatures warm up and we get out of these freeze thaw cycles that happen through the winter time we can hopefully repair them one time and get them to stick and stay,” says Ohio Department of Transportation District 7 Area Engineer Scott LeBlanc.

So how are they able to do that?

Crews say it’s finally warm enough for area asphalt plants to open.

Until now those with the Ohio Department of Transportation say they’ve had to use cold patches to fill potholes, which don’t last as long.

“When we put hot mix down it compacts better,” LeBlanc says. “It binds better.”

Already crews have been out this week using the asphalt on stretches on Interstate 75 near Sidney.

“We’ll address any locations deteriorating now,” LeBlanc says. “If they hold up we may wait until they start to unravel a bit.”

With the many potholes, we asked about the chunk winter’s taken out of the budget.

“It’s hard to ascertain the cost of the repairs because it’s been on-going,” LeBlanc says. “Certain areas are worse than others.”

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