More durable solution coming for potholes

Patching potholes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Hot mix asphalt patching is beginning a bit early this year, providing a more permanent solution to motorists’ bumpy drive.

Mahoning County Commissioners voted Friday to open bids for the hot patch.

Engineer Patrick Ginnetti said the county could save money because the hot mix is about 50 percent cheaper than the cold patch mix.

“The hot cold that we were buying is approximately $115 per ton. The hot mix asphalt itself ranges between $55 and $60 per ton depending on which plant and the type of material we’re buying,” Ginnetti said.

Ginnetti added that the department has tripled its use of cold patch this winter because of road conditions.

“Hot mix doesn’t become available until the first of second week of April. There is some indication that we may have a few plants opening up on Monday, so we opened bids for the hot mix,” said Ginnetti. “We divided the county into five zones, and we have five plants available to purchase hot mix asphalt from.”

Ginnetti said the department also has used about 80 percent of its allotted overtime budget in fixing and treating roadways this winter.

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