Road crews busy filling potholes during warm temps

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) The bypass in Pikeville is a popular spot for folks in town.

“A lot of people travel this road, to get their lunch and everything,” Highway Equipment Operator with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Adam Newsome said.

Which increases the chance for potholes to form on this busy road.

“What was a small hole, has now eroded from all the salt and calcium,” Highway Equipment Operator with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Garrett Newsome added.

A team with KTC spent Thursday filling potholes with what they call a “cold mix.”

“We just take the cold mix and put it in, even it out. Try to make it even with the road. That way you can drive over it and not have to bump up and down,” Adam added.

During the summer, road crews use a hot mix that they say bonds better with the pavement.

“Some potholes we can’t actually do anything with because they’re not deep enough. The cold mix or the hot mix won’t stay in it very long,” Garrett said.

“It’s a simple fix, pretty much,” Adam added.

Not only are potholes a headache for drivers, they also pose a safety risk.

“If you hit a pothole going fast enough, it’s going to cause you problems with you vehicle,” Garrett said.

Auto repair shop employees say they typically see side hole punctures in tires caused by potholes. That typically requires a new tire, which could run you about $150.

Road crews say they typically see more potholes during the winter from ice and damage plowing does to roadways.

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