Street Crews Eager to Fulfill All Those Pothole Expectations

By Nordeka English Of The St. Charles Post | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), January 29, 1997 | Go to article overview

Street Crews Eager to Fulfill All Those Pothole Expectations


Nordeka English Of The St. Charles Post, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


As sure as April showers bring May flowers, the sprinkling of salt and calcium chloride on the streets in January makes potholes bloom.

Street Department superintendents for St. Charles County, St. Charles and Wentzville say they do a good job of keeping the holes filled.

In Lake Saint Louis, Public Works director Freddy Williams acknowledged, "Well, we've got potholes, no doubt about it. Every road has potholes. You have to use salt to get rid of the ice. The salt eats up the street and you've got potholes." Right now, there's not much Williams can do about it. He has only five men on his crew and he said, "We're working night and day" to keep the city's 50 miles of streets clear of snow and ice. The department is making a pothole list and as soon as the crew gets some rest, the men will go to work, he said. St. Charles Street Superintendent Jack B. Toombs said: "You report a pothole, and we'll have it fixed in 72 hours." He says his crew's patches usually are permanent, thanks to the city's $85,000 piece of equipment that enables them to fill the holes with hot asphalt. Most cold-weather patches are made with a cold mix, usually considered temporary, though a tougher cold patch has been developed. St. Charles County uses that, as do some cities. Rich Pieper, construction superintendent for the St. …

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