Upper Arlington News

UA crews are on pothole patrol


The winter's extreme cold, along with recurring snow and ice, wreaked havoc on local streets and continue to keep Upper Arlington crews busy.

Between Dec. 1 and March 11, Upper Arlington Public Services Department workers repaired 1,235 potholes that resulted from this year's winter weather.

Public Services Manager Buddy Caplinger said the work consumed 295 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."

He said the local issues have been exacerbated because this winter's extreme cold has forced multiple water main breaks throughout the city.

Although the city hasn't yet calculated costs associated with this winter's 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 area that need complete repairs that are not on street-resurfacing plans for the spring," he said.