Mayor Joseph P. Ganim
For Immediate Release For More Information:
May 5, 2017 Dalmarys Matos (203)333-2843
‘The Pothole Killer’ Returns to the City of Bridgeport
‘Potholes Be Gone!’ Bridgeport Leases State-of-the-Art Roadway Repair Machine
Bridgeport, CT –The City of Bridgeport has again enlisted the help of ‘The Pothole Killer’ to pave the way for smoother roads. After a harsh winter, the snow, ice and sand have taken their toll on the Bridgeport roadways. ‘The Pothole Killer’, an invention of Pennsylvania-based Patch Management, Inc., is a state-of-the-art machine in road maintenance that the city will lease for a month.
“The Pothole Killers use an innovative system that is quicker, safer and more environmentally friendly than traditional efforts,” said Mayor Ganim. “This technique saves Bridgeport and taxpayers significant amounts of time, money and resources.”
From the safety of the Pothole Killer cab, a single vehicle operator controls a hydraulic boom, which clears the pothole of debris, applies liquid asphalt to fill and seal it, then tops it off with a dry aggregate coating made from recycled tires. The repaired roadway is immediately ready to handle traffic. The whole process takes roughly 90 seconds per pothole-essentially the same as the wait at a typical traffic signal. The repairs, on the other hand, last for several years.
Bridgeport’s Department of Public Facilities is making it their priority to repair the potholes throughout the city. The City currently owns three machines that repair the potholes and will lease ‘The Pothole Killer’ for one month.
The City of Bridgeport has begun filling in potholes on main roads and will continue with emergency roads. Secondary roads on hospital routes will be repaired followed by all other secondary roads. Once potholes are repaired, City sweepers will be deployed every ten days to help clear the gravel that might remain.