“The Pothole Killer” is back. Hmmm, wonder how many politicians seek cover in those holes? Come out, come out wherever you are before you’re covered in liquid asphalt. It’s election season as well, so spring paving will also commence soon once City Council members submit their street requests to Public Facilities Director John Ricci.
News release from mayor’s office:
The City of Bridgeport has again enlisted the help of ‘The Pothole Killer’ to pave the way for smoother roads. After a harsh winter, the snow, ice and sand have taken their toll on the Bridgeport roadways. ‘The Pothole Killer,’ an invention of Pennsylvania-based Patch Management, Inc., is a state-of-the-art machine in road maintenance that the city will lease for two to three weeks.
Bridgeport’s Department of Public Facilities is making it their priority to repair the potholes throughout the city and will begin on Monday April, 8th, weather permitting. The city-wide plan begins with one Pothole Killer on the East Side and the other on the West Side, with each piece of equipment working its way towards the center of the city. When completed, the Pothole Killers will then be deployed to the North End and the South End, again working their way back in towards the center of the city. The City currently owns three machines that repair the potholes and leases ‘The Pothole Killer’ for a minimum of two weeks for this type of city-wide repair.
The City of Bridgeport has begun filling in potholes on main roads and will continue with emergency roads. Secondary roads on hospital routes will be repaired followed by all other secondary roads. Once potholes are repaired, City sweepers will be deployed every ten days to help clear the gravel that might remain.
From the safety of the Pothole Killer cab, a single vehicle operator controls a hydraulic boom, which clears the pothole of debris, applies liquid asphalt to fill and seal it, 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.