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                               City of Columbus Pothole Patching Fact Sheet

                                                                March 2013

 

¨       The City of Columbus patches potholes on City of Columbus streets and parts of State routes 315, 33 and 104 that are in the City of Columbus

  • ODOT is responsible for patching potholes on I-70, I-71, I-270 and I-670

 

¨       Columbus’ Pothole Patching crews are responsible for 6,381 lane miles of roadway. 

  • This effort is measured in lane miles because potholes can occur in each lane of a roadway
  • A lane mile is defined as one mile of roadway multiplied by the number of lanes in the roadway.  For example:
    • 1-mile stretch of roadway x 5 lanes in the roadway = 5 lane miles

 

¨       Pothole Patching  policy and practice:

  • The process for patching potholes begins two different ways:
    • Residents contact 311 (call 311 or 645-3111, or online at

www.311.columbus.gov) to notify the City of the location of a pothole.  Please include an address or nearest address of a home or business where the pothole is located to help us serve you better.  The locations are then forwarded to the Department of Public Service to be scheduled for patching, or

  • Separate from, and in addition to, 311 requests, Department of Public Service crews are routinely deployed to locate and patch potholes.  These deployments are proactive standard practice that works in tandem with 311 requests to find and patch potholes.

 

¨       Patching potholes is a City of Columbus priority:

  • The City’s standard:  Potholes are typically patched within three (3) days after a service request is filed with 311 to do so
  • This standard may go beyond three days because of:
    • A very large volume of potholes being reported.  In these instances, the standard is to patch potholes as soon as possible
    • A snow, ice or rain storm prohibits pothole patching

 

¨       Columbus’ Pothole Patching crews are responsible for 227 square miles, much more than their counterparts in other Ohio cities:

  • Cleveland:  82 square miles
  • Toledo:  80 square miles
  • Cincinnati:  79 square miles
  • Dayton:  57 square miles
  • Dublin:  26 square miles
  • Grove City:  16.2 square miles
  • Gahanna:  12 square miles
  • Reynoldsburg:  12 square miles
  • Hilliard:  11.5 square miles
  • Upper Arlington:  9.67 square miles
  • Pickerington:  9.58 square miles
  • Worthington:  5 square miles
  • Bexley:  2.5 square miles

 

¨       Columbus’ pothole repair crews are responsible for 6,381 lane miles of roadway, more than any other Ohio city

  • Cleveland:  3,000 lane miles
  • Cincinnati:  2,986 lane miles
  • Toledo:  2,700 lane miles
  • Dayton:  1,600 lane miles
  • Dublin:  502 lane miles
  • Westerville:  409 lane miles
  • Reynoldsburg:  270 lane miles
  • Worthington:  176 lane miles
  • Gahanna:  140 lane miles

 

¨       Hot patching potholes

  • During winter, is most effective above freezing (32°).
  • However, hot patch, at 300 degrees, does not bond well with the dramatically colder pavement in cold winter weather, including cold temperatures above freezing
    • The hot patch shrinks away from, and does not conform to, the surrounding asphalt and the contours inside the pothole.
    • Because hot patch does not bond well with a cold pothole and pavement, it is like cold patch:  a temporary fix
    • Therefore, cold patch is typically used during winter months
    • Cold patch is less expensive ($75/ton) than hot patch purchased during the winter from a private vendor ($100/ton)

 

¨       Cold patching potholes

  • Cold patch is a temporary fix designed to repair potholes until they can be hot patched during warmer weather in the spring and summer if the cold patched hole reopens
  • Lifespan of a cold patch varies and is affected by traffic volume and speed of the roadway where the cold patch is made

 

¨       City does have a limited supply of hot patch that it produces in an asphalt recycling machine.

  • The recycled asphalt is the waste asphalt when a street is torn up for resurfacing or reconstruction.

 

¨       From 2007 through 2012, the City patched an average of 93,994 potholes per year

  • 2012:  130,397 potholes patched
  • 2011:  190,196 potholes patched
  • 2010:  133,517 potholes patched
  • 2009:  114,475 potholes patched
  • 2008:  115,415 potholes patched
  • 2007:    70,163 potholes patched

 

¨       Total cost for asphalt (hot mix and cold mix) purchased to patch potholes

  • 2012:  $175,578 (2,426 tons)
  • 2011:  $319,991 (4,313 tons)
  • 2010:  $318,015 (5,126 tons) 
  • 2009:  $355,390.84 (3,893 tons)
  • 2008:  $391,132.73 (4,214 tons)
  • 2007:  $183,910.50 (3,194 tons)

 

¨       Tons of hot patch used

  • 2012:  1,975 tons
  • 2011:  3,209 tons
  • 2010:  4,346 tons 
  • 2009:  3,100 tons
  • 2008:  3,208 tons
  • 2007:  2,636 tons

 

¨       Tons of cold patch used

  • 2012:   451 tons
  • 2011: 1,104 tons
  • 2010:    780 tons
  • 2009:    793 tons
  • 2008: 1,006 tons
  • 2007:    558 tons

 

¨       Columbus Pothole Patchers have other job responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Snow removal
  • Street cleaning
  • Alley surfacing treatment
  • Mowing
  • Underpass cleaning
  • Graffiti removal