Utica brings back "Pothole Killer" to improve road conditions

The City of Utica announces a plan to combat potholes throughout the area.

Posted: Apr 15, 2019 6:32 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2019 2:41 PM

UTICA, N.Y- In a press conference Monday afternoon, the City of Utica announced its plan to fight potholes and improve road conditions.

The city announced will yet again lease two machines each named the "Pothole Killer". The city did use the machines in the past. They ended the partnership after the machines became ineffective. Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri says that the company is confident that this time they will get better results. 

"I met with them and said some concerns of the results that we weren't getting. He guaranteed that the results would be far more different at this point," said Mayor Palmieri.

What the city says is so beneficial about using these machines is the time that it takes the hole to dry. 

"If you saw the demonstration its the fact that you can drive over them from almost immediately. They don't cave in they put the emulsion on the bottom then there's stone and it works extremely well," said Mayor Palmieri.

We spoke to Utica Mayoral Candidate Joe Marino over the phone about what he thinks of Utica's pothole issue.

"Reactionary government is not good financially. So bringing in a pothole killer and bringing in a tar machine to fix cracks. We have to do roads the right way first. We had a comprehensive plan that just wasn't enacted. Now the taxpayers are going to have to pay for fancy equipment just to prepare work that we should have done the first time," said Joe Marino.

The city estimates the cost of the two pothole killer machines to be an estimated $118,000. The mayor says that it is less expensive to use the pothole killer than to have DPW crews manually fix them.

DPW crews will also be out in force fixing potholes on the roads as well.

The city encourages you to contact them if you see any potholes that need to be filled using the 311 app.

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