Smoothing out Westside streets with 2 men & a roller
Phil Hawthorne and David Thompson want your business.
They're city street workers whose main job for the next week or so is filling potholes. They just need you to tell them where they are.
Hawthorne and Thompson were on Ore Mill Road May 7. The fact that there was administrative uncertainty for a while about whether the street was in the city or county almost didn't matter. The workers were there with their equipment, and they'd seen the size and number of holes along Ore Mill between 31st and 26th streets. An observer might even have gotten the impression they were glad to be told it was a city street.
“When they're like this, you've got to fill them,” Thompson said.
The two work as a team on one hole at a time, sweeping the dust out, brushing on a sticky substance that will help the pavement adhere, filling the hole with the hot pavement mix from their truck and smoothing it out with a big, vibrating, mechanical roller. Then it's back in the truck to take on the next hole.
“Sometimes we don't get any calls,” Thompson said. “So we drive around and look for them. They're there.”
Hawthorne said it's important with a pothole “to get it as countoured as you can with the street.” When a fill is badly contoured, cars come down hard beside the filled hole and “make a hole on the other side,” he said.
The worst place for potholes on the Westside? On 14th Street, between Colorado Avenue and Cucharras Street. The city duo think it's at least partly because the street is used as an access to and from Highway 24.
Springtime's repeated freeze-and-thaw scenario is the chief culprit in potholes. The moisture gets down inside cracks, making holes that get bigger and bigger, Hawthorne pointed out.
To get your favorite pothole fixed, call 385-6808.
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