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Patching Pesky Potholes.

With warmer temps the department of public works is out on the roads of Utica fixing what we all hate, potholes.

With warmer temps the department of public works is out on the roads of Utica fixing what we all hate, potholes.

“DPW keep it tight.  Keep it clean,” said road worker Billy Johnson.

That’s what DPW is doing to the potholes.

Patching them so the roads are as level as possible; its starts with loading the truck with dry patch, then the truck keeps it a piping hot hundred and twenty five degrees.

"So it comes out a lot easier. It comes out hot so we're able to stretch it a little bit further," said DPW worker Keith Phillips.

That’s when they pat it down to make the road level.

These workers are just a small part of the three total trucks out fixing potholes.

"We're a twenty four hour shop here and we're going out twenty four hours a day just filling potholes," said DPW commissioner Dave Short.

DPW says its slow, time consuming, work that depends on the road itself.

"We can only go so far because of the grade of the road. We can only get so much done," said Johnson.

The DPW says fixing pesky potholes like the one right here is not a onetime fix. Sometimes they have to patch them multiple times in a year.

"We may fill a pothole today, but if it snow overnight and we have to go plow and we catch it just right, may rip it out. It could be some water in there and it freezes. It could pop it out," said Short.

DPW says that Mother Nature is not the only trouble of fixing potholes.

Concern number one is dealing with the traffic.

"If you see the hot box out there on the street, please slow down and stay to either the left or the right of the hot box,” said Johnson.

The DPW says that they have spent five thousand dollars since the start of the year just on the black top to fix the potholes.

That’s nothing compared to the roughly ten thousand dollars a month they spend on black top when the weather is warmer.

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