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February 25, 2014

Potholes plague communities' streets

Georgetown has “quite a few bad ones,” right now according to Tony Ellis, supervisor of public properties for Georgetown, in regard to potholes on his city’s streets.

“It’s the worst I’ve seen in a while,” Ellis added.

Once the snow started melting away, Ellis and other city officials throughout the area are now face a slew of potholes.

“We actually got cold patch (Thursday),” Ellis said.

He said they haven’t received a lot of calls from residents about the potholes

“We knew we had to do it,” he said about getting on top of filling the potholes.

Once the snow goes, the potholes are exposed, said Bob Scott, service and operations manager with Danville.

“We actually started several days ago,” Scott said of filling potholes around the city.

“We’re just out there patching. We started with the main arterials and then branch out in the other areas of the city. It just takes some time,” he said.

Scott said a lot of the potholes were hidden by the snow pack.

“We’re making progress,” he said.

The city uses cold patch to fill in the potholes and a Durapatch machine which sprays aggregate and asphalt emulsion.

The city just has one truck and crew for the Durapatch, which lasts longer and is cheaper.

If it rains, the cold patch “is notorious for coming back out,” Scott said.

Scott said three or more trucks can be out there daily filling potholes.

“It’s kind of an ongoing battle in late winter and into spring of keeping things patched up,” he added. “We’re definitely out there and are being aggressive.”

Scott said he knows it’s frustrating for drivers, but the city is aware of the problems and the city is trying its best at addressing them.

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