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Cities repair potholes after winter storms
by Nicole Dow
March 19, 2014 03:20 PM | 2794 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The two winter storms that impacted north Fulton in late January and mid-February left roads in Roswell, Alpharetta and Milton with potholes in need of repair.

More than 50 requests for pothole repairs were made in Roswell following the two storms, said Steve Acenbrak, director of the city’s transportation department.

“This is slightly more than average requests during the winter months,” he said. “All 50-plus potholes have been repaired.”

Acenbrak said the average cost to fix one pothole is about $500.

“Materials cost is only a fraction of the total cost,” he said. “So far since the last two storms, we have used around $10,500 of hot mix asphalt and $2,100 of cold mix for a total of $12,600 of materials cost.”

Acenbrak said there are several roads on Roswell’s resurfacing list, like Woodstock Road, Nesbit Ferry Road, Hembree Road and Norcross Street, that will soon get in-depth work beyond the simple pothole patches.

“Those roads are in a position where even though they were pretty badly hurt by the storms, they’re about to be resurfaced so they’re going to be in great shape,” he said. “It’s the other roads that are not on our near list of resurfacing that are going to have to be patched and maintained until their time comes up.”

As road work is in progress throughout the city, Acenbrak advises motorists to be patient.

“We get a lot of complaints about traffic signals not working around paving operations,” he said.

During the road construction, the technology that normally detects if a car is waiting at a light is temporarily inoperable until the job is completed, he said, and instead the signal is just programmed for a fixed time.

In Alpharetta, 20 potholes were repaired in January and 54 in February. The average cost to repair each ranged between $42 and $66. While Public Works Director Pete Sewczwicz said the repairs were more than the same time period last year, the two winter storms did not make much of an increased impact on the roads.

“It doesn’t have to snow or ice for us to see the cold, wet weather mess up our roads,” he said.

In the first two months of 2013, the city had six fewer pothole repairs.

“This time of year is like the worst time of year to do any sort of asphalt work,” Sewczwicz said.

Many potholes are temporarily repaired with a cold patch material, he said.

“Some of our worse roads are going to be taken care of in the next couple months through a milling and resurfacing contract that we have,” Sewczwicz said.

In Milton, 18 pothole requests were filled in the first two months of this year, which Public Works Director Carter Lucas said was probably slightly more than the same time frame last year.

“We repair them as they happen,” he said.

The city does not track the average cost to repair a pothole.

“It is a service that is included in our service provider’s contract,” Lucas said.

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