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Time, not weather, at bottom of pothole problem

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Potholes are all that anyone is talking about, in Toledo, and many people are blaming the weather.

Again Wednesday,  crews were busy battling the bumpy roads, laying more cold patch into the minefield that is Central Avenue.

Toledo has filled more than 18,000 potholes but some believe crews are not being trained to properly make the repairs.

Drivers like Regina Nadrasik are feeling every bump, saying, "I mean, when I go to my daughter's it's like playing Dodge'em. But, what are you going to do?"

Three weeks ago, we showed crews filling potholes on Douglas Avenue.  Today, those holes are back and some are deeper.

Driver Frank Perez is not surprised.  "They're not doing it probably right because they're not sticking it to the ground like they're supposed to," he told 13abc's Bill Hormann.

"The cold patch is not staying in the hole."

Councilwoman Theresa Gabriel (I) says there's a better way to patch holes.

The tried and true method, she contends is: blow out the hole,  spray sealant,  throw down the cold patch, tamp it down, then put on another layer of sealant.

We watched a crew fill the hole on Central… then use the truck to tamp down the cold patch.

But traffic quickly kicked up the asphalt.

Gabriel says, "That's what happens and once the asphalt starts kicking out.  It's on the outside of that hole; it just breaks away."

But the city has fixed more than 18,000 potholes, this winter.

"We've been filling about 750 a day."

And to do the 5-step patch that Gabriel wants would take a lot of time and only a few holes would get done, according to Bill Franklin, the Director of Transportation for the City of Toledo.

"We do major holes in a critical area we try to do the holes the best on the others we just need to get some material in the holes," he says.

So, it is not the training and it is not the crews.  It is not even the weather.

It is a time factor that has crews trying to play catch up, and drivers like William Moore get that.

"Patch it for now and you gotta keep up," he insists.

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