Potholes Not Yet a Problem

by Audry Kensicki on January 13, 2010 at 5:22 am

The expected 40 degree temperatures this week could cause some bumpy roads around the area.

City of Zanesville Public Service Director Mike Sims says that although they haven’t seen many potholes yet, they could with the temperature change.

"I’m sure with this projected thaw, that we’re going to have, we’ll start to see them," said Sims. "The bigger numbers will start to show up in February when we finally get the frost out of the ground."

Sims says this year’s budget cuts shouldn’t have much of an effect on patching the roadways.

"With the recent budget cuts, we are operating with one-half the discretionary funds we had last year," he said. "I don’t think we’re going to run into any problems with the maintenance of pot holes, we just won’t be able to do any of those repairs with overtime work."

Sims says the streets department has about 400 tons of cold mix, which is used to temporarily fill potholes until asphalt manufacturers start back up in the spring.

That mix should hold for about three to four months until crews can get a hot mix of asphalt to fully repair the roads.