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* News Release *
 
Thursday, March 6, 2003
For Immediate Release

BCEO POTHOLE PATROL IN FULL SWING

"A severe pothole season" is how Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens characterized the March aftermath of a long, cold, snowy winter. "The pothole problem is extensive this year and motorists should use caution," he advised. But County road crews are making the most of sunny days and warmer temperatures. "On days when it's not snowing, our snow and ice control crews have been filling potholes, so we are keeping up with them pretty well."

A new piece of equipment first utilized last year has made pothole patching a lot more efficient. 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 resulting patch also holds up better than traditional cold mix patch, which tends to pop back out of the pothole.

While the Dura Patcher does save time and money, Wilkens acknowledged that he has had to increase his budget for pothole repairs from $50,000 to $75,000 this year. "The rough winter has had an impact on our budget in terms of increased snow and ice control, and even with spring right around the corner, we are still feeling the financial sting from its aftereffects."

The pesky potholes are a byproduct of harsh winter weather. The combination of salt, plowing, and in particular, the cycle of freezing and thawing is extremely hard on roadway surfaces.

Report A Pothole

Motorists wishing to report a pothole on a County-maintained road may contact the BCEO Operations Department at 785-4157 or by email at webera@bceo.org. Wilkens stresses that this is for County roads only. Residents and motorists wishing to report potholes on township roads or city streets should contact the appropriate city or township agency.

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For more information contact:

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


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