Each and every year, we have to go along with how our roads are set up with a failed repair system. Every year, the taxpayer foots the bill, with car repair bills resulting from damage created by an unacceptable number of potholes. We need a new system to make it possible to repair our roads so we do not have to have them repaired every year.
The way they repair our potholes is by just putting new asphalt in a hole that has who knows what still in it. So, the hole will fail not long after it has been repaired.
A hot patch should be just that, and it’s never done right. I would guess the right way would be to clean the hole, heat the hole with a torch, put oil in the hole, put asphalt in the hole to keep the patch warm, and then use something to flatten out the patch. A roller would be better to press asphalt into the hole, and I believe it would last longer because it would be pressed in place.
Also, asphalt does not work well to patch a concrete road. There is no way to make these two different products fully compatible. Concrete and asphalt have nothing in common, and asphalt being placed in a concrete hole is just a waste of time and money.
One answer to our pothole dilemma is to invest in rubberized asphalt; yes, rubberized asphalt. It will cost more, but every road that has been surfaced with this mix will last for 20-plus years with no repair work. There would be better control and environmental properties, and we, the people, would be saving money because every time you put a rubberized asphalt road down, that will be one less road that has to be fixed next year. There are many reasons to use this product, including decreased road noise, no cracks in the road, more and better traction, and no more potholes.
From the April 23-29, 2014 issue