Workers here say it’s been one of the city’s worst seasons for potholes.
Wednesday, public works crews were working to fix more than 80 major pockmarks in Troy neighborhoods. That’s about double the amount they’re typically fixing at this point in the year.
“The winter was real hard on our roads and we’re trying to get an early start,” said John Spruance, a light equipment operator for the city of Troy.
City director Patrick Titterington explained excess moisture, combined with both freezing and thawing conditions took a toll on city streets.
“(The moisture) got into the cracks and it made heaving and crumbling and created the potholes that we now have to fill,” Titterington said.
So far in 2018, Troy has used more than 50 tons of asphalt, hauling it up from a Dayton plant until its local facility is open for the season.
Titterington said the city wanted to fix as many as possible, before they become worse.
“One small pothole – it’ll grow very quickly,” he said. “If we don’t get it filled and then crack-sealed so that the seams are airtight and watertight, then they grow into much, much bigger problems. And they get a lot more expensive very quickly”
Wednesday’s work coincided with Work Zone Safety Awareness Day. Crews are urging drivers to watch for work zones as construction season begins.
“Just pay attention. If you see guys out, watch them and be safe,” said Spruance.
Troy drivers can expect the following work zones this season:
- North Market Street
- Dorset Road and McKaig Avenue intersection
- Repaving Brukner Drive from Archer Drive to the cul-de-sac; Charles Street from Clay Street to the alley; South Cherry Street from West Race Street to Drury Lane; Crescent Drive from McKaig Avenue to Wayne Avenue; Dean Circle from Mumford Drive to the cul-de-sac; Drury Lane from South Market Street to South Ridge Avenue; Fairmont Court to Corporate Drive to the cul-de-sac; Fairview Court from Fairmont Court to the cul-de-sac; East Franklin Street from South Market Street to East Main Street; Hilltop Alley from Saratoga Drive to Hilltop Drive; Imperial Court from Stonyridge Avenue to the cul-de-sac; Maplecrest Drive from Stonyridge Avenue to Staunton Road; Pennsylvania Avenue from McKaig Avenue to Drury Lane; Stony Creek Road from Dorset Avenue to the dead end; North Walnut Street from East Main Street to Pearson Court; Wayne Avenue from Lake Street to South Dorset Road; Wheeler Street from South Ridge Avenue to Madison Street; and Wright Circle from Stonyridge Avenue to the cul-de-sac.
- Design work is underway for a West Main Street renovation (Cherry Street to I-75)