Road crews across Licking County are out en masse trying to fill potholes.

Road crews across Licking County are out en masse trying to fill potholes.

Pataskala crews filled 654 potholes along Summit Road and a portion of Havens Corners Road in more than three days this month.

BJ King, public-service director, said his crews were out on dry days to fill the holes with cold patch, a more temporary form of asphalt that could be applied in cold temperatures and does not have to be heated.

He said the city has not tracked the number of potholes it has filled in previous years as closely as it has this year.

"I think the important thing to state is that it just shows what we are up against fixing potholes," King said.

Thus far, the city has used 12 tons of cold patch, which has cost the city about $1,140. The city paid $95 per ton for the cold mix this year and has spent about 50 labor hours, none of which was overtime, filling potholes.

Other Licking County municipalities are not tracking the number of potholes they are filling but are tracking the amount of cold patch they are using.

Terry Hopkins, service director for the village of Granville, said the village has used about 1.5 tons of cold patch in January.

"That is not very much," he said. "If you were to look at a backhoe's front bucket, a ton would probably be three-quarters of that."

He said the village paid about $93 per ton for its cold patch this year and has not had to pay any workers overtime for filling the holes.

"I've had two phone calls about potholes this year," Hopkins said. "It's been pretty good."

David Pennington, a foreman for the city of Heath, said the street department has used about eight to 10 tons of cold patch thus far this winter and paid about $100 per ton for the mix.

He said sections of Thornwood Drive have had a number of potholes this winter season.

"Other than that, it's basically about the same around the city," he said.

Newark has gone through about five times as much cold patch as Heath.

Dave Reed, superintendent of the division of streets, said the city has used 50 to 60 tons of cold patch in addition to about 40 to 50 tons of mix through its DuraPatcher, a system that mixes an emulsion formula with gravel and uses an air-injected system to compact the patch mix into a pothole.

Reed said the DuraPatcher can fix holes in lower temperatures than regular cold patch and can work in the presence of moisture because the air system can dry the hole.

He said the city stocked up on about 6,000 gallons of DuraPatcher emulsion formula, which cost about $8,000. He said the regular cold patch cost the city about $90 per ton this year.

Like Pataskala and other municipalities, Reed said, Newark is paying close attention to its budget this winter.

"Right now we are working on a very small interim budget, and we are trying to conserve our overtime," he said, adding that the city has not incurred any overtime costs this winter for filling potholes.

He said the city is trying to maximize its supply.

"We try to, with the expense of the cold mix, pick the days where it will work the best," Reed said.