Collier ready to fill potholes with help from commuters
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 email@example.com.
Add Megan Guza to your Google+ circles.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.