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Collier ready to fill potholes with help from commuters

| Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, 9:48 p.m.
Randy Jarosz | For The Bridgeville Area News
A vehicle passes a large pothole along Steen Road in Collier Township.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto isn't the only one taking the bull by the horns when it comes to potholes.

Collier Township public works crews spent the sunny stretch of weather last week patching potholes that have popped up with the winter's freezing and thawing patterns.

“It's a problem this time of year,” township Manager Sal Sirabella said. “We're in the January thaw — we had a very cold snap and now it's warming up. Water gets into the road cracks, freezes and pops it up.”

He said the patching blitz is meant to be a temporary fix in anticipation of the rest of the season's freeze-and-thaw cycle.

“This is the time of year for it,” he said. “It happens every January, and we do it knowing there are at least eight more weeks of cold weather.”

Township public works director Ron Brame said crews have used about three tons of patching material called cold patch.

Sirabella said it's not a permanent solution, but will keep the potholes patched through the winter until crews can patch them with a more permanent material.

“In the spring, we need to hit it hard,” he said.

The township set up a hotline for residents to report potholes. Sirabella said about six calls were received last week, and Brame said the township has patched about 35 holes.

Sirabella said spring patching is not scheduled yet, but it is something the township plans for every year. Temporary patching is built into the road maintenance budget and the cost is minimal, he said.

“As we get into another warm cycle, we'll continue to do potholes,” he said. “It's not permanent, but it's something to get us through to spring.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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