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Patching/Paving Program
2016 Monthly Patching Quantities
Potholes and Other Pavement Distress:

While we would all like the County to come out and fix the pothole in front our house the day we call, or by the next day, it has to be realized that this is not a cost-effective way of doing business. Instead of chasing potholes, it is best to take care of them on a schedule, cycling through different parts of the County and catching all the holes. Things like grading and mowing are similar situations. The Graph at right shows the monthly tons of materials used in paving / patching work during 2015.

Sometimes there are things beyond our control that can upset the normal maintenance schedules. The weather has to be the most obvious factor. In the case of the pothole, heavy rains generate more holes, so it takes a longer period of time to catch up on patching. Heavy rains cause some unimproved roads to washout and make grading roads necessary to keep them drivable. Rain falls on all roads but we can only grade a portion at a time leaving some to stay rough for short periods. Another bad thing about dirt roads is that long periods without rainfall make grading impossible to the dust caused by destabilization. Rain is also a factor in mowing. Not only is it difficult to mow in heavy rains and on saturated ground, but we all know it causes the grass to grow much faster.