Road crews are ‘at­tack­ing’ pot­holes, city of­fi­cials say

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

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.

NE­WARK POST FILE PHOTO

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.

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