Communities look beyond potholes to the future

While the immediate problem is pothole repair, local municipal officials are looking past winter temporary patching toward spring and summer “permanent” road work.

Mike Holtz, City of Warren Public Works director replied, “We’re just starting to assess the roads. We didn’t budget a lot, but what we did is still there. We did plug some holes on Saturday (Feb. 22) because it was such a nice day. Some are staying plugged, some are not. Ask me again in a month. To do it right, the holes have to be dry, somewhat warm and squared up.”

“About $200,000 is budgeted in this year’s city budget for paving of the city’s streets,” he added.

“How far does this amount of funding go? This is difficult to say, you never know with adjustments on each street such as milling. What is meant by that is some streets get milled just for pavement notches while other streets get milled more extensively. Downtown streets generally receive a “full-road” milling which costs more money.”

“Maybe $200,000 can mill and overlay about 8, maybe 10 (or) 12, city blocks depending on the condition of each block” he said.

Nancy Freenock, Warren City manager added, “There will be even less money for large paving projects this year as the brutal winter has left the city marred by numerous potholes that will be repaired once the weather finally breaks.”

“As the thawing cycle commences, more potholes will likely appear. Drivers should use caution. As soon as temperature and other conditions are favorable, pothole patching will commence. The City appreciates everyone’s patience as we work through the effects of this winter. This is a year that will be long remembered.”

Kristi Kulka secretary for Sheffield Township said, “Roads aren’t too bad. Sheffield Township did a ton of road work last year because of the sewage extension project. We will definitely be doing some minor repairs in the township in the spring.”

“Our roads aren’t too bad, but we will have to do some work in the spring. We feel we have budgeted enough money to do the necessary work,” said Lisa Hagberg, Youngsville Borough manager.

Walt Snavely, Tidioute Borough Manager said, “There are a few bad spots, but nothing like the drive on 62 to Tidioute. There is one really bad street, but we have a Community Development Block Grant project planned there this year. This will help defray the costs.”