The potholes are out there, looming, and looking to bend your rims and knock off your alignment. But Scott Kleiger, the Chief Operating Officer of Patch Management, a Pennsylvania company, believes his patented "Pothole Killer" is the most efficient way to fill and fight them.
The so-called "Pothole Killer" is a massive truck, manned by a one man crew, attached to the front of the truck is an arm with a nozzle that shoots out everything needed to patch the potholes. First the nozzle blows out high pressured air that cleans the hole, then it shoots out liquid asphalt followed by the aggregate to fill the hole and then it's topped off with a layer of recycled tires that adheres and acts as a barrier patch.
Patch Management claims, compared to the traditional cold patch method, it's incredibly durable.
"When it's applied properly, even in the winter, it could last five to seven years, we have some nine years old," said Kleiger.
Traditional winter repairs are usually temporary, at best, and must be done over and over. And this method, according to the owners, is safer because it eliminates having a crew walking the streets to shovel in the temporary fix. So what about the cost?
"We do an average pothole for $11.50 a repair in D.C., for them to do it in house is close to $29," says Kleiger.
The other benefit, according to Patch Management, and the Cleveland Chapter of the Clean Cities Coalition agrees, is that this is a much more environmentally friendly way of patching potholes.
"This doesn't emit many particulates, you have no odor, and the material that fills the potholes lasts longer. This vehicle also runs off compressed natural gas which is cleaner for the environment," said Elaine Barnes of the Cleveland Clean Cities Coalition.
Cleveland city officials say they are only in the early stages of looking at the "Pothole Killer."
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