Fort Worth's 'spray patcher' pothole filler gets to work after cold snap

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by SEBASTIAN ROBERTSON

WFAA

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 6:23 PM

FORT WORTH -- City crews are trying to get ahead of a wave of potholes they expect to pop up in the next few days.

Several days of below-freezing temperatures can lead to cracks in roadways. Stan Phillips, the street superintendent with the city of Fort Worth, expects as much as a 25 percent increase in potholes.

To combat the problem, they are using a special vehicle they call a "spray patcher." The vehicle allows the operator to blast compressed air into a pothole, and then fill it with liquid asphalt and crushed aggregate.

"The minute he gets through with this, you can put traffic right back on it, and it's the closest thing to a permanent pothole repair that we have ever had," Philips said. 

By the time the shift is up, this machine and a crew of one will fill 200-300 pot holes across the city of Fort Worth.

Potholes are something the city deals with year-round. In the last three years, they have repaired an average of 180,000 potholes per year. The city purchased the spray patcher in January 2012, and it went into use for the first time last April.

The city of Dallas spent the day fixing potholes as well. They are asking residents to download their "Dallas 311" app. The app allows you to  snap a picture of the pothole you would like repaired and send it directly to the city.

E-mail srobertson@wfaa.com

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