Pothole Patching Efforts Only A Temporary Fix
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Works crews were at it again Friday, fast and furious.
It’s the literal definition of pounding the pavement.
“Today, being Friday, they’ll be out there until late tonight,” said Pittsburgh Operations Director Guy Costa. “Then, tomorrow, they’ll be out as well. We’ll have 26 crews out pothole patching tomorrow.”
As the crews work, drivers are dodging and dunking the potholes that are so prolific. In some areas, the options are few and often unsafe.
“They are horrid,” said one driver. “I got them the first time; the second time, I knew to dodge them.”
The cold patch that crews are dropping by the ton is only a temporary fix.
Crews say it’s not unusual to have to re-patch the same hole over and over, as each storm hits.
“Sometimes it holds really well, and sometimes it doesn’t,” said Costa. “Then, we’ll have to come back with a hot mix later on with an overlay on top of that.”
Costa says it may be expensive and frustrating, but it’s necessary for safety reasons to keep cars from swerving and causing accidents.