Riverside seeing worse potholes than past years

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RIVERSIDE, Ohio (WDTN) – As quickly as potholes form, road crews in Riverside are busy patching them up.

So far this winter, the city has already used 25-30 percent more temporary pavement patch than previous years.

“These temporary patches, sometimes they only last a week and with the rain, it’s sometimes less than a week,” said Kathy Bartlett, Riverside’s Director of Public Service.

Currently, this cold patch is the only available remedy as the hot mix asphalt plants are closed until April.

Bartlett said these cold weather patches are only temporary, and Bartlett said it is barely a bandaid.

“The older the pavement, the more it deteriorates and most of our pavements are beyond the 20-year-life, well beyond the 20-year-life,” said Bartlett.

Bartlett said they are using some creative ways to fund road repairs and maintenance.

But after a levy failed in November by just eight votes that would have funded road improvements, the need for funds is dire.

“As of right now, we don’t have a set plan to put it back on in 2019 but that’s not saying that we won’t,” said Bartlett.

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