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* News Release *
 
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
For Immediate Release

POTHOLE PATROL ON THE ROAD AGAIN

As winter loosens its grip and temperatures moderate, the annual parade of potholes has once again struck area roads. BCEO crews have been busy identifying and patching the worst offenders. "The thaw seems to have arrived a little early this year, but we're doing a good job of keeping up with the potholes," said Butler County Engineer Greg Wilkens. "We'll continue to address the pothole issues while remaining prepared for snow and ice control should we see any late season snowstorms."

While not as snowy as last winter, Butler County has experienced prolonged periods of sub-freezing temperatures that have kept the ground frozen most of this winter. But a week of mild weather -- daytime highs in the 40s and 50s and some overnight lows above freezing -- has brought about a rapid thaw and the accompanying pothole phenomenon.

How Potholes Form

Potholes are formed when water penetrates the roadway surface causing the asphalt base or subgrade to become unstable. The water freezes and expands, which breaks up the pavement. When the ice melts, air pockets form within and underneath the broken pavement. As cars and trucks drive over these gaps and broken pavement, the weight causes the asphalt to collapse and pop out, creating the pesky potholes. Salting and plowing can also take their toll on roadway surfaces. Salt is particularly hard on concrete surfaces since steel reinforcing bars can rust and deteriorate.

Report A Pothole

The Engineer's Office utilizes the sleek, new Dura Patcher to fix potholes. Purchased and put into action two years ago, the 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.

Motorists wishing to report a pothole on a County-maintained road may contact the BCEO at 867-5744 or 424-9144 or by email at info@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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