Nichole Hannahs

Bumps in the Road for Motorists

by Nichole Hannahs on February 8, 2011 at 1:25 am

Motorists around the Y-city experience some bumps in the road as city crews deal with pothole problems.

The holes are popping up on several roadways as roads freeze and unfreeze.

"When the holes are packed with snow that freezes and thaws," said City of Zanesville Public Service Director Mike Sims. "It pops and breaks and makes it a little bit larger and deeper and then they become very noticeable when you have the first thaw."

Sims said when they get a break in the weather with warmer temperatures towards the end of the week, they’ll have three road crews out making repairs, using a cold mix, made up of an asphalt emulsion.

"The drier a hole is the better the cold mix will adhere to the holes. It’s kind of difficult to get any adhesion when it’s slushy or wet on the bottom," said Sims. "It’s easier for them to work when we’ve had a thaw and a little bit of a drying spell."

Sims said crews first focus on heavily traveled roadways like Maple and Wayne Avenues and pick up secondary roads. If you’d like to call in a pothole in your area contact the City of Zanesville Street Department (740) 455-0615.