INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 15, 2016) - Indianapolis Department of Public Works crews are filing potholes around the city before another blast of winter weather hits this weekend.
Nine crews spent Friday morning and afternoon filling potholes in a handful of locations throughout the city. The priority is major thoroughfares and then smaller neighborhood roads that are often times in some of the worst shape.
Crews worked in the rain. As long as a pothole isn't filled with water or snow, crews can fill it. They use a cold mix that's then heated. It's only a temporary fix.
"We’re not at the time of year when we can use that hot mix, but the temporary fix should hold off us until Spring until we can do more of a permanent fix." explained DPW Spokesperson Jennifer Hashem.
If a soccer ball can fit inside, that's considered a pothole. That's what crews said is the rule of thumb for which potholes they fill.
The crews who spent Friday filling potholes are the same crews on call this weekend for winter weather.
“We will have a presence this weekend with snow force, wether or now we active it, we’ll be monitoring those conditions," Hashem explained.
Crews are not able to pretreat the roads if the rain continue, so there's a chance for icy conditions when the precipitation changes over from snow to ice. Hashem said crews will be ready to hit the roads as soon as the snow falls.
DPW said their salt supply is in good shape. Thanks in part to a mostly mild winter. Hashem said they did order more salt already this year though, just to make sure the barns stay filled.
Crews cannot get to potholes when there's puddles or snow covered roads, but you can still request a pothole to be filled. So far this month, more than 150 requests have been filled.
Click here for a DPW pothole request form.