ODOT highway crews shift between winter, spring work
LIMA, Ohio (Wednesday,
Feb. 28, 2018) Just like the temperature, the daily work of the Ohio
Department of Transportation (ODOT) fluctuates between winter and spring.
“This is the time of
year where we must continue to be ready for snow and ice, but also respond to
potholes which can develop quickly in pavements due to freeze and thaw,” said
Kirk Slusher, deputy director for the Ohio Department of Transportation
The challenge for
highway crews is there is often no indication of when or where a pothole will
appear. And once an area of pavement is compromised, it doesn’t take long for a
pothole to develop and expand.
The challenge for crews
is also the availability of the material this time of year and the continued
fluctuation of temperatures. “Hot mix asphalt plants are not yet in operation.
So the fixes we make now are usually temporary using available material,” said
To date, the district
has expended over 5,600 hours and has used 72 tons of material this winter in
repairing areas of highway pavement throughout our eight-county region. “That
is not excessive for a typical winter, but is certainly more than the two
previous years given the mildness of those winters,” he said.
Potholes are discovered
by transportation managers during their normal monitoring of pavements, and are
also reported by motorists. “We make repairs as quickly as possible once we
learn of them,” said Slusher.
The department utilizes
the following material and equipment to perform pavement repair during the
winter. The chosen method depends on the location and size of the affected
pavement and the availability of equipment:
- Spray application – this method uses
specifically-designed equipment which mixes liquid asphalt and small stone
together. The operator then sprays the patching material onto the
- Recycled asphalt – asphalt which has been removed as
part of a previous repair is placed into an asphalt hot box and reheated.
It is then dispensed by crews onto the roadway.
- Bagged cold mix – a ready-made product which is placed
directly into the area needing repair.
When not engaged in
snow and ice clearing or pavement repair, the department also works on roadside
berm repair, removal of small trees and repair of drainage structures this time
ODOT District 1
includes the counties of Allen, Defiance, Hancock, Hardin, Paulding, Putnam,
Van Wert and Wyandot.
environmental review, consultation, and other actions required by applicable
federal environmental laws for these projects are being, or have been, carried
out by ODOT pursuant to 23 U.S.C. 327 and a memorandum of understanding dated
December 11, 2015, and executed by FHWA and ODOT.