Syracuse's 'secret weapon' in the fight against potholes
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:05:17 GMT —
With the warmer weather, potholes are popping up on area roads.
Syracuse is using spray injection to fill the holes, with a new technology that the DPW Commissioner says will keep the holes filled for years, instead of just days.
DuraPatcher comes from a Minnesota-based company. A truck carries a tank of asphalt-based road material, and applies it with what looks like a giant vacuum cleaner hose.
The pothole is cleaned of water and debris with a high pressure stream of air, and then the patch material is sprayed into the hole. It 'sets' instantly.
DPW Commissioner Peter O'Connor says the system costs $150,000, and the truck has been so successful that a second truck is on order and expected in service before this year's pothole season is done.
We measured one pothole at almost a foot deep today (it's now been repaired), but no doubt many more will pop up as the roads freeze. In Syracuse, you can report them at 448-CITY