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Toledo city pothole crews battle to keep up

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Unless you're very lucky, chances are your car spent the past few weeks swerving around potholes. Due to the near-constant freeze-thaw cycle this January, potholes became more than a pest. They're often unavoidable and cause damage to your undercarriage.

That's why the city of Toledo set up the "936-BUMP" hotline. Dave Welch from Streets, Bridges and Harbor runs the program.

"We're putting out anywhere from 20-23 pothole crews. They're putting out about 100 tons of asphalt, or cold mix right now. So they're keeping busy. It takes us probably within 72 hours to get to some of the potholes. The major streets that are very busy, it's a very big pothole, it's dangerous, we get out there as soon as we can."

Welch manages about 160 workers, who have to switch between pothole repair and snow and ice control. The new smartboard helps his dispatchers allot crews for trouble spots around Toledo. The dispatchers also pull double duty, answering hotline calls.

"936-BUMP is the call for potholes. That is strictly for potholes. That goes right to our dispatch, as you saw, and they answer and dispatch those out. 936-2020 is just the overall city line."

City crews rely on several temporary fixes for potholes. The most effective is the hot mix, but hot asphalt surpluses are simply not available in winter. So how long do these patches last?

"Some of them, if you put them in and you tamp them, a few days to a few months. Some of them, because of the heavy traffic and the sub straight, you get water underneath there and they'll pop out, so it just depends. "

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