GR to patch potholes with hot asphalt Mon.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Ready for some relief from Grand Rapids’ pothole-riddled streets?

Wait no longer than Monday. That’s when the city said it would begin to use hot asphalt, which hasn’t yet been available in 2014, to create a better patch on potholes.

While the city said hot-asphalt wedging — which entails sweeping and tacking the area around the pothole before rolling hot asphalt to create a flat surface — is not a permanent fix, it does a better job to fill potholes than cold patching, which is the solution available during the winter months.

“The City received word that hot asphalt was finally available from the plant,” Grand Rapids City Manager Greg Sundstrom said in a release. “Using the described wedging method, we can begin to better repair the worst of the potholes, which will allow for improved travel.”

Grand Rapids Public Services Department crews will fill potholes on city streets based on four factors: traffic count, impact to drivers, emergency service needs and severity of disrepair, according to the city.

The city said that the extreme winter weather resulted in “an explosion of potholes” around the city, and city crews have spent 2,600 hours filling potholes since March, using 190 tons of cold-patch asphalt and 341 tons of recycled asphalt.

To report a pothole, use the city’s GR311 app or call the Public Services Department at 616.456.3232.

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