Pothole déjà vu? ODOT says temporary ‘cold mix’ fix sometimes doesn’t last through next storm


COLUMBUS (WMCH) — Whether it’s plowing the roads and treating for ice, or filling potholes, winter has certainly been keeping ODOT crews busy.

Matt Bruning, ODOT press secretary said, “We can’t be everywhere all the time, and mother nature certainly is throwing us the biggest curve ball she can, but we’re up for the challenge.”

ODOT crews have put in more than 46,000 hours into filling potholes across the state. The cold mix that they use this time of year is only a temporary fix, that sometimes doesn’t even last through beyond the next storm. 

“That cold mix is very susceptible to heavy rain.  So a lot of the potholes we’re filling are actually refilling because we filled them last week because this rain just keeps washing that material right back out.  So, it’s hard to stay ahead of,” Bruning said.

And Ohio isn’t the only state being impacted. 

“We’re seeing this in Ohio, but if you go to any of the surrounding states, you’re going to find the same issues: the freeze thaws causing pot holes, the cold mix being the solution right now, and then everyone will be coming back in the spring and making those more permanent fixes.  So this isn’t just something that Ohio is facing, pretty much any state in the Midwest and the northeast that deals with these swings in temperatures, we’re all in the same boat,” Bruning said.

Which can be a pricey one to balance. 

“It is something that we have to keep an eye on, obviously we want to make sure that we’re stretching every dollar that we’re given to make it go as far as it can go.  But, at the end of the day, the job has to get done, and so we’ll be out there doing it as long as we can.” 

ODOT says that they had around 600 crews out earlier today taking care of the roads.  Their night shift starts at 8 p.m. and will be monitoring for refreeze potential especially on ramps and bridges tonight. 

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