Pothole Killers Out in Full Force
Wild temperature swings, snow, ice and rain have contributed to very early need to repair damaged, dangerous roads
FAIRLESS HILLS, PA – It’s not your imagination. Potholes are breaking out everywhere. And for Bucks County, PA, based Patch Management Inc., that has meant an overwhelming demand for the company’s Pothole Killer trucks.
The Pothole Killers are under contract with the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York departments of transportation, but the need for the pothole repairs usually picks up near the end of February and lasts through spring.
“This year they called early,” said Patch Management COO Craig Baclit. “What makes us especially effective is that we can repair potholes no matter how cold it gets. Even in that recent single-digit weather our crews were out making the roads safer and smoother.”
The wide-ranging mix of weather is responsible for the pothole epidemic. With temperatures ranging from near zero to above 60 and precipitation from ice to rain to snow and back to rain the roads have frozen and thawed, expanded and contracted. That has led to the surface just giving in.
It appears conditions will keep the Pothole Killers busy for some time to come.
“We’re not talking about just a few potholes forming. It’s hard to drive very far on any major road without swerving to try to avoid one of these craters,” Baclit said. “The good news is these repairs are not temporary. Once we make the patch it lasts for years.”
The “Pothole Killers” employ an innovative system that is quicker, safer and more environmentally friendly than traditional crew-based efforts. From the safety of the “Pothole Killer” truck, a single vehicle operator controls a hydraulic boom which clears the pothole of debris, applies liquid asphalt to fill and seal it, and then tops it off with a dry aggregate coating made from recycled tires.
The repaired roadway is immediately ready to handle traffic. The whole process takes roughly 90 seconds per pothole – essentially the same as the wait at a typical traffic signal. The repairs, on the other hand, last for several years.
“We spent years perfecting our technology and honing our approach. ‘Pothole Killers’ are safer than deploying three or four person crews who spend hours working on crowded, potentially hazardous roads. They’re environmentally friendly. And they save governments and taxpayers significant amounts of money and resources.”
Drivers can report the potholes they come across by calling 1-800-Pothole.
In addition to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York, Patch Management and the “Pothole Killers” have made inroads on damaged roads in Chicago, New Orleans, Washington, DC, and more than a dozen other communities. The company has even exported its technology to Brazil.