Upper Arlington News

City crews busy patching potholes


The winter's extreme cold, in addition to recurring snow and ice, wreaked havoc on local streets and continues to keep Upper Arlington crews busy.

From Dec. 1 to March 1, personnel in the Upper Arlington Public Services Department had repaired 1,048 potholes that resulted from this year's winter weather.

According to Public Services Manager Buddy Caplinger, the work consumed 241 hours of his department's time, and the effort is continuing.

"We have covered 50 percent of the streets in UA with pothole treatment," Caplinger said. "It's a continual thing until spring ends."

Caplinger said the pothole issues have been exacerbated because this winter's extreme cold has resulted in multiple water main breaks throughout Upper Arlington.

Although the city hasn't yet calculated costs associated with pothole repair -- Caplinger said he'll know better once freezing temperatures leave the region for the year -- UA Public Services Director Darryl Hughes said weather-related damage to local roadways has been worse this year.

"We know we have extensive damage," Hughes said. "Basically (repair crews) are driving every street in town.

"We've got a long ways to go."

Caplinger said the city fills potholes with asphalt cold mix.

"As soon as the freezing and thawing of the winter (ends) and spring arrives, we will be able to get a better handle on the potholes and assess areas that need complete repairs that are not on the street resurfacing plan for the spring," he said.