Metro counties throw all they've got into repairing potholes

Mar 12, 2014 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Detroit Free Press

Older roads, record-breaking snowfalls and low temperatures are making the pot hole problem worst than ever on Sibley Road at Toledo Road in Riverview.

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kev

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Mar 12, 2014
 
I believe some people r so sick of these road craters,many would volunteer services to fix them with correct instructions and materials until they can be fixed correctly.
Feels Good

Mescalero, NM

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Mar 12, 2014
 
...but it looks bad.

Unions would bring the process to a halt.
Training costs would exceed gains.
Workman's Comp is still needed.

Spot hole: This obvious step is often a failure. Some big holes are left for the next team.

Fill hole: Slight overfill is preferred so it tamps down more even.

Avoid reckless drivers: Drivers get distracted and can run into the back of the service truck.
kev

Detroit, MI

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Mar 12, 2014
 
I actually saw a few being repaired in parking lot ,it was in winter.cold.they did it correctly.they heated up asphalt and put it in holes. Course parking lots have cars going at slower speed. There r potholes already on john daly south of ford road. I believe this street was only done last year.it is concrete.
Pea Gravel

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Mar 13, 2014
 
kev wrote:
I actually saw a few being repaired in parking lot ,it was in winter.cold.they did it correctly.they heated up asphalt and put it in holes. Course parking lots have cars going at slower speed. There r potholes already on john daly south of ford road. I believe this street was only done last year.it is concrete.
You hit on a cool idea. Make the prime contractor post a sign to that effect along his work for five years after.

ABC Contractor did a 2" lift on Snowy Lane in July 2010.
Call 800 XXX_XXXX

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Since: Jan 09

Traverse City

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Mar 13, 2014
 
Go back to brick like we had in the 1800s. They never had to worry about potholes, just an occasional runaway.
Northerner

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Mar 13, 2014
 
Sneaky Pete wrote:
Go back to brick like we had in the 1800s. They never had to worry about potholes, just an occasional runaway.
Enjoy your bricks in the history books and an occasional street in an historic zone. Brick streets would be cost prohibitive. Indeed, it would create many jobs because of the labor required to make them. Sure, they are not prone to pot holes. However, run the plow down a brick street and you may well pull up a row of bricks 50 feet long by 10 feet wide. I don't think we need that. We need current technology applied in a long term cost effective manor, which other countries and even states are doing.

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Since: Jan 09

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Mar 14, 2014
 
Northerner wrote:
Sure, they are not prone to pot holes. However, run the plow down a brick street and you may well pull up a row of bricks 50 feet long by 10 feet wide. I don't think we need that.
Nah, we've got brick streets all over the city which get plowed everyday. No problems in the last 120 years.
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Mar 14, 2014
 
This, from a typical city that has brick streets:
"DAVID J. CROSS

In Columbus there are about 32 miles of brick streets that require special attention when snow falls. Of these areas, Webster estimates, German Village has the most brick streets.

Columbus maintains a fleet of seven enclosed one-person John Deere tractors with a plow attachment to clear snow from brick streets. The plow attachment is kept slightly off the ground to avoid hitting bricks that may not be flush with the ground.

Another step Columbus takes to make sure brick streets arenít damaged is refraining from salting the streets unless absolutely necessary, Webster said."

This would not be practical for endless miles of streets in the county. And separate treatment for an odd street here and there is less practical. Many streets away from the city center have angled shoulders that would be a disaster in brick with a plow.

It's a pipe dream for more than say an historic district.

PS>It's harder to steal asphalt than bricks.

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