City Hires “Pothole Killer” to Address Problematic Streets

The Department of Public Works has entered into a contract with Patch Management, Inc. to assist with the repair and patching of potholes throughout various locations in the City of Cleveland. The approved contract allows for 1100 hours of repair time at a rate of $225 dollars per hour. These funds have been identified through the Capital Improvement Program. Patch Management will begin work on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the intersection of Clark and Lorain Avenue and move east along Clark Avenue towards Quigley Road.

City Hires “Pothole Killer” to Address Problematic Streets

The Division of Streets has conducted an evaluation regarding the condition of streets throughout the City of Cleveland. Based on this evaluation, the contractor will be provided with a list of pre-identified streets to be serviced from curb to curb. In some instances, in order to allow the Division of Streets and the contractor to effectively service an entire area, parking bans and “No Parking” signage may be utilized.  

Patch Management will begin with one “Pothole Killer” unit working from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. five days a week. Within ten days, Patch Management will increase their fleet to three “Pothole Killer” units, at which time their schedule will shift to five days a week from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 Division of Streets crew 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.

“This winter season has been particularly hard on Cleveland streets and motorists due to the high amounts of snowfall and persistent freeze-thaw cycles,” said Public Works Director Michael Cox. “Supplementing the Division of Street’s repair crews will allow us to service more potholes throughout the City and repair them at a quicker rate.”

The Division of Streets will continue to deploy six to eight repair crews per day and service additional streets as the weather permits. Residents are encouraged to report potholes to 216.664.2510.