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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

You’re Not Imagining: Potholes Worst in Years

Budget cutbacks in annual road paving coupled with “a real bad freeze-thaw cycle” have produced Westport’s worst run of potholes in years, Public Works Director Steve Edwards told the Board of Selectmen today.

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Public Works Director Steve Edwards (r) tells the Board of Selectmen today about potholes. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Calling potholes “a seasonal rite of passage,” Edwards said his department has been hard pressed to keep up this winter as the weather has wreaked havoc on the town’s paved surfaces.

“Unfortunately, as we all know, we had a couple of years there where we cut back a little bit, and I would say right now tied into the fact that we got a real bad freeze-thaw cycle this winter, I’ve got more potholes than I’ve had in most recent years,” he said.

Edwards provided the update on potholes at the request of First Selectman Jim Marpe who said he had received numerous complaints.

‘We are out there fixing them every day,” the public works chief said. “The problem is that you really can’t get a permanent fix on a pothole because you’re putting in a temporary patch – a cold asphalt patch that does not adhere very well.”

He said crews are patching potholes while they await the opening in the first week in April of the asphalt plant which supplies asphalt to the town.

“We’re logging the potholes and they will be our candidates in the spring for pavement repairs,” he said.

Edwards cited one pesky pothole on Myrtle Avenue near Town Hall, while board members pointed to ones at Saugatuck Avenue and Riverside Avenue and at Post Road West and Wilton Road.

Edwards noted the state has informed the town it plans an “aggressive” road paving program on state roads in town this spring, including Compo Road North, which is state route 136.

He said utility companies making cuts in the pavement to install new water and gas lines have compounded the pothole problem, adding it was their responsibility to deal with these potholes.

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