Road crews are ‘attacking’ potholes, city officials say
Recent winter weather has taken its toll on Newark’s roads, but officials say crews are working to address the large number of potholes.
“We’re attacking them as best we can,” Acting City Manager Tom Coleman said last week. “Once you get into these freeze/thaw cycles is when the roads start to fall apart.”
Coleman addressed the issue in response to comments from several council members about an increase in potholes.
“I’ve noticed a whole lot of potholes opening up, kind of all over the city,” District 1 Councilman Mark Morehead said.
Coleman said public works crews are working overtime, including weekends.
However, cold weather makes it difficult to provide a lasting fix, he said. The factories that make hot-mix asphalt only operate when the weather is warmer, leaving the city to rely on cold-patch asphalt to fill the potholes, which is not as effective.
“It will stay in until it rains, then it will come out, and we have to do it again,” Coleman said.
The city recently purchased a piece of equipment to make its own hot-mix for repairing potholes, but it is out of service for repairs for several more weeks, Coleman said. He added that he hopes a hot-mix plant will open soon if Delaware sees a warm spell.
A Newark public works crew member repairs a pothole on Christina Parkway last fall. Recent winter weather has caused a number of potholes around the city.