City of Cleveland hires 'Pothole Killer' Patch Managment to repair treacherous city streets

CLEVELAND - The City of Cleveland announced its new contract with Patch Management to assist in the repairs of potholes Monday.

On Patch Management, Inc.'s website, the company says the "Pothole Killer" machine can finish one pothole in the time it takes a traffic light to complete a cycle.

The contract allows for 1,100 hours of repair time at a rate of $225 per hour. The funds were approved through the Capital Improvement Program.

Repairs began Tuesday at the intersection of Clark and Lorain Avenue.

"The mayor felt we needed some help in getting this done. We have been out here since January with our own crews but with the extreme weather, it's been difficult keeping up," said Cleveland Director of Public Works Michael Cox.

The contractor will be provided with pre-identified streets needing repair. Parking bans may go into effect in some areas to ensure extensive service can be done.

To begin, one "Pothole Killer" team will work from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. five days a week.  After 10 days, three teams will work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The “Pothole Killer” is a truck-mounted, spray-injection system that is operated by one worker. The spray-injection is an asphaltic emulsion material that works in below freezing temperatures and can withstand excess moisture to ensure that repairs made are durable and efficient.

After a pothole is filled with the spray-injection material, a city worker will be on-hand to compact the material and sweep the streets where necessary. City inspectors will be on site during the repairs to ensure the quality of the work.

With 1,100 hours of work at $225 an hour, the cost to the City of Cleveland will be $247,500.

"One road could cost that much in resurfacing with the process you have to go through," said Director Cox, "... we probably have about $50 to $75 million worth of streets that need to be resurfaced."

Once finished with Clark Avenue, Cox said the Pothole Killer will then move to other streets not named.

"They say they can put down 10-12 tons of asphalt of day and that's a good number," said the Director.

Cleveland City crews will still be working on pothole patching in other locations and are also assisting the "Pothole Killer."

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