NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Road crews repairing potholes are locked in a never-ending battle.
But, as CBS 2’s Don Champion reported, the work is more complicated than you might think.
Even as crews patch potholes, new and existing craters continue to surface. For example, the patchwork performed Monday on potholes along one stretch of the West Side Highway already has already been destroyed.
A highway worker told Champion the problem is “the salt that Sanitation uses. It’s not their fault, but the salt is like acid.”
The salt eats away at the temporary patch mixture, which is made up of asphalt cement, tar and rocks.
The mixture costs $100 a ton. If a road crew is filling a typical pothole that is 2 feet long and about 4 inches deep, that ton of mixture will only fill about 10 potholes.
New York City alone says it has filled more than 106,000 potholes already this year.
So why don’t road crews use asphalt, which would be a more permanent fix? The problem is availability — because hot asphalt can only be placed down in warmer temperatures, plants in the area shut down for winter.
One New Jersey company uses infrared technology to repair potholes, which it says lasts longer than a traditional patch job, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.