November 1, 2011
Potholes Killers leading the attack on Samaria Rd — Pennsylvania-based company using new technology to smooth Monroe County’s bumpiest road

(Monroe County, MI, October 4, 2011) ­–  Flat tires and dented hubcaps top the list of complaints of  drivers who regularly use Samaria Rd in Southeastern Michigan to get to work or school. To repair one of the region’s bumpiest roads, the Monroe County Commissioners is bringing in the Pothole Killer.

This specially equipped truck developed by the Pennsylvania-based Patch Management Inc. will be repairing potholes for eight-hours a day on the stretch of Samaria Rd. between Lewis Ave. and Telegraph Rd. The Pothole Killer truck uses one operator who stays inside the vehicle, filling the hole with a nozzle on the front of the truck. The entire process of filling the hole takes about 90 seconds.

“Our method is significantly faster, more efficient and more environmentally friendly,” said PMI CEO Lew Tarlini. “Even in 10 days, we can make a dramatic difference in the quality of the road.”

Samaria Road was built using concrete in the 1950s and has been cracking and crumbling for years. Previous attempts to fix it have failed. But the Pothole Killer machines use a patented emulsion formula that can be applied all winter long, even in temperatures as frigid as 17 below zero. If the trial is a success, the county will bring the Pothole Killers back in the spring to undo winter’s damage.

The county is spending $25,000 on this trial run.  Estimates to resurface the road have run as high as $5 million.

Potholes form because asphalt road surfaces eventually crack under the heat of the day and the constant stresses of traffic. These cracks allow snow and rainwater to seep into the underlying dirt and gravel.

Temperature fluctuations and storms have become more severe in recent years. That has led to even more craters in the road. For many locations, including New Orleans, Washington, Niagara Falls, New York, Chicago and Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Pothole Killer trucks have become a way to keep up.

Aside from benefits such as cost, the Pothole Killer method also reduces the side effects of patching a pothole, including dangerous situations for workers exposed on the side of the road and traffic jams that occur when road crews take up multiple lanes on busy roads.

“We’re ready for the ground assault,” said PMI’s Tarlini. “Frankly, this idea is so simple and effective we anticipate continued rapid growth in demand for our product from more cities and counties across the country.”