Crews work to fix potholes as spring rains bring more damage

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MAHONING COUNTY, Ohio (WKBN) – Mahoning County road crews spent Friday afternoon filling potholes in the rain, something that the county engineer fears will become worse as spring continues.

“The heavier rains are going to expose all the weak points and it’s going to open the roads up, will blow up horribly versus some that have some minor potholes,” said engineer Pat Ginnetti.

For the past six weeks, road crews have had to use “cold patch” to fill potholes, but the warmer weather means asphalt plants will start making a heated material that will hold up better to car and truck traffic. 

“They can go in and kind of mill out the holes, clear out the holes, get that hot mix in there, roll it, tamp it down, seal it,” said Justin Chesnic from ODOT.

Chesnic said 2019 is starting off similar to last year. 

“We used about 150 tons of material so far this year, a little bit more than that in Trumbull County, and that’s about right on par from where we were last year,” he said.

Ginnetti said that could change if this turns out to be a wet spring. 

“We’re notorious for having clay soils up here, so it’s going to hold the water and the more water that’s in there, when you drive over them, it pumps the water to the surface and it’s going to blow the roads apart,” Ginnetti said. 

This means crews like this would have even more work in the upcoming weeks. 

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