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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.