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* News Release *
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
For Immediate Release


Pothole season is upon us and road crews are dutifully patching the annual menaces, reports Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens. This year the BCEO pothole patrol has a new piece of equipment that is making the job easier, more cost efficient, and produces a longer lasting fix.

Purchased by the Engineer's Office prior to this winter season, the new Dura Patcher fills potholes with emulsified asphalts and aggregate to make a permanent patch with a water repellent, solid asphalt body. The completed patch requires no rolling or tamping and can be driven over immediately so there is virtually no inconvenience to motorists.

The emulsion and aggregate cost about one-half the price of cold mix which is typically used in the winter when most area asphalt plants are closed. "Cold mix patch does not hold up well and often pops back out of the pothole," said Wilkens. "The Dura Patcher process has saved the County time, labor, and materials by helping to extend the life of existing pavement."

The new machine can also do strip patching across "alligatored" sections of road and can be used for crack sealing roadway surfaces during the warmer months. These advantages mean BCEO crews can utilize the Dura Patcher year round.

Pothole Patrol At Work

Despite a tame winter so far, potholes are still a problem this time of year. "We have not had to plow or salt our roads very much at all this winter," Wilkens noted. "But the daily freeze-thaw cycle -- cold overnight temperatures followed by above freezing daytime temperatures -- is still hard on roadway surfaces." The BCEO pothole patrol makes its rounds through the County one township at a time; however, crews will respond to severe potholes as quickly as possible.

Motorists wishing to report their favorite pothole on a County-maintained road may contact the Butler County Engineer's Office at 867-5744 or 424-9144 or by email at info@bceo.org.

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For more information contact:

Chris Petrocy, Public Information Supervisor
Greg Wilkens, P.E., P.S., Butler County Engineer
Phone 513.867.5744 • Fax 513.867.5849

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