Why is the city fixing potholes the old fashion way?

Apr 1, 2014


There are several modern applications for filling potholes such as infrared, microwave, and a spraying technique. I think the spraying technique is the best application because it doesn’t take a whole lot of steps to fill in a pothole.
The spraying technique is a recycled tire application where a high pressured sprayer is used to clean out and patch the pothole in a matter of seconds. The process takes one person driving a truck operating the hydraulic sprayer as the employee maneuvers the truck through the potholed streets. The truck can be bought, leased, or the city can contract the work out. The application can be applied below 32 degrees year round and the vehicles can drive on the application immediately.
Many times cold patch fails because it is a temporary patch. The same pothole has to be filled in again at a later date with hot asphalt material wasting more money in the process. The old fashion way is not cost effective when the city has to have two to three employees filling in the potholes.
Other cities such as Cleveland and Columbus have been experimenting with the new spraying technique. Cleveland hired a company that specializes in the sprayer technique to fill potholes for $225.00 an hour for 1100 hours of work which came to a total of $247, 500 for the contracted work, as stated on a news channel. It seems expensive but after figuring in the manpower, materials, and having to double back to fill in the potholes, the method would prove cost effective. The sprayer application lasts a long time and keeps the street from deteriorating beyond repair. 
The city might save more money buying the truck and training the city workers on how to use the application. Saving money on the pothole application would probably pay for the truck. There could be all kinds of possibilities of financing such a truck. Maybe, the city could partner up with another entity and share the truck cost or rent the truck out to other entities when the truck is not in use.
The city needs to protect the investment that it has made in our streets; neglecting pothole maintenance is not an option. It pays to look into more efficient ways of doing tasks in half the time with half the people.


Ralph J.
Ralph J.

Get out your pocket book Sharon.

The Bizness

Next week sharon will reprimand city workers for buying new road repair equipment. This woman can't be pleased.

Julie R.

Who really cares 'how' they're doing it? At least they are getting fixed!


This lady knows everything. I'm amazed at her plethora of knowledge! I wish she would come to my workplace and tell us what we are doing wrong and then write an article on it in the newspaper.


First off, during the winter, it's called cold patch. Its a quick fix. They will not fill the pot holes correct until the weather hits a certain temperature consistently.


One of these days Sharon will produce a well thought out blog with actual facts and figures, instead of using phrases like "might save more money" or "there could be".

This is one of the issues in Sandusky, we have a bunch of Monday morning quarterbacks that use phrases like could of, would have, and should have. Instead of actually causing real legit change.

Steve P

Why hasn't Sharon ran for city commission, surely someone with her vast knowledge would be an asset. Maybe its easier to comment than govern. Isn't her 5 minutes up yet?


If you all march on city hall tell them we want no one in upper management making over 100,000. We could have lots of money to repair the damage done to our town.


As a spin off of the Master Card commercial:

Cost Less +
Better adhesion =
Oh, that ain't going to happen.

Good idea though


The city as been saying they have to make cuts, just laid off firefighters. The potholes being filled at all, is a plus. To compline because how they are being filled is crazy.


Could the answer to this question possibly be the fact that the local asphalt plants aren't making hot mix asphalt yet due to it being early spring with fluctuating temperatures? Cold patch is expensive but is a temporary fix used when necessary...we had a horrid winter and it's going to cost Sandusky and the other 47278883 ccities more in repairs than normal. The end.


For what the machine would cost, the City could put a nice down payment on a new city hall!

T. A. Schwanger


Great idea Ms. Johnson. It's called outside the box thinking. Ralph J's video link is worth watching.

When I was growing up in Sandusky, the City had a program of tar and chip, or chip seal. It's time to restart that program particularly on side streets in deplorable condition.

"BoonDocks" brings up a point of the asphalt companies not running due to cold weather season. The problem here is Sandusky repairs the potholes with cold patch but does not return to the street later in the year to fix the street with hot mix.

I get a chuckle from how the above bloggers attacking you here complain you never come up with ideas and still aren't happy when you come up with something worth investigating.


I feel like I just read a required school paper written by a middle school child. I am not complaining about the idea of a "better" method to fix potholes, but where are the statistics? Numbers? Cost savings? If I were Sharon's teacher, I would have to give her paper a C-.


I agree. Her ideas appear worthwhile but she doesn't do any research to support her proposals. It would have been easy to contact the manufacturers to provide the cost benefit analysis for different solutions. The manufacturers' marketing teams would have probably done it for her.


I feel Sharon should be commended for finding this option to repair potholes. It seems like a feasible solution, which should be further researched .I feel the research on practicality and cost savings would need to be done by our street dept. knowledgeable of street repair costs and procedures. I can't say I agree with everything she writes about ,however she is involved, provides her input and cares about Sandusky. We need to encourage forward thinking from all citizens. Making critical remarks with no options or ideas provided, is counterproductive to improving our community and quality of life. Thanks for any positive ideas.