Spokane’s Mayor David Condon, Public Works Director Scott Simmons, and new Street Director Gary Kaesemeyer today announced a plan to tackle the many weather-related potholes plaguing Spokane streets.
The plan includes several components, including:
- Additional two-person teams from the City’s Water and Wastewater departments are assisting Street crews with pothole repairs
- Testing several additional pothole filling materials to determine if they provide longer-lasting repairs
- Testing a concrete product and a polymer-based product used for bridge deck repair
- Working with Inland Asphalt to open a local asphalt plant early so crews have access to hot-mix asphalt, which provides a superior repair over the cold-mix asphalt crews have been using.
- Street crews have arranged to test a new piece of equipment next week for repairing potholes that allows for greater compaction and potentially a longer-lasting repair.
Additionally, the Street Department will identify sections of arterials with multiple potholes or significant deterioration that require a larger patch. That work will be prioritized based on the extent of the damage and where those sections are located. Some of these repairs will need to wait until the ground has dried out. Arterial streets with deterioration that could be hazardous to drivers will be evaluated for selected closures until more permanent repairs can be made.
The Street Department also will evaluate its grind and overlay repair schedule for the summer to see if some projects need to be reprioritized based on damage from the winter.
Street crews have been working to repair potholes as much as possible over the last couple of weeks. Crews remain on winter scheduling through March 15 so employees have been working on pothole repairs up to 20 hours a day on both day and night shifts.
Through Feb. 23, Street crews had filled 1,291 potholes, more than a third of the number that the department filled in all of 2016 and nearly 400 more since last week.