Cleveland and its potholes are a continuing saga. Patching using traditional methods simply doesn't work and can't hold up to our freeze-thaw cycle.
A year to the day we returned to a spot where we saw potholes being patched by traditional methods. It is crumbling. Nearby traditional patching methods didn't create a uniform, flat driving surface.
On Western Avenue, we experienced both a bad ride, and watched as drivers had to slow -- some to a crawl -- to get by.
Enter the Pothole Killer. The city tested it more than a year ago and after several delays, put three Pothole Killers on the job.
19 Action News reporter Paul Orlousky returned to where he shot it working a year ago and found excellent results. Most of the patches remained intact.
By comparison, the manual method left holes that were either partially or completely empty.
The Pothole Killer's process may be the answer why. First, it uses forced air to clear the hole of moisture and debris. Next, it is coated with tar, filled, and then sealed on the top with a mixture that includes ground-up tires. The cost is about $225 an hour.
One of the issues is that the Pothole Killer method of patching is more expensive than traditional methods, but it also cuts labor costs. It works and could go a long way in reducing damage claims and driver frustration.
19 Action News has your back this pothole season. We are holding the city of Cleveland accountable for making repairs, and for reimbursing you if your car has been damaged. If you've found a pothole,
with the exact location and photo. We'll report the pothole to the city for you.