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WVDOH starts fight against state potholes with prevention

By Greg Jordan, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON, W.Va. — When rain and snow falls and winter temperatures rise and fall, the combination pries at asphalt and opens up the bane of many drivers, the infamous pothole.

The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) has begun its annual fight against potholes, starting with prevention. Highways officials have spent the past couple of winters undertaking an aggressive campaign to trim tree canopy above the state’s roadways and ditch along highways as a means of reducing potholes, WVDOH officials said.

DOH divisions such as District 10, which include Mercer, McDowell, Wyoming and Raleigh Counties, have a wintertime temporary pothole fix that keeps them in check until asphalt becomes available, according to Joe Pack, district engineer and manager.

“We use a material that we refer to as a cold mix,” Pack stated. “It is a temporary substance that we place into the hole as a means to try to prevent any damage to vehicles that may hit the pothole. It’s not heated to any level to where it has any heat or compaction.” …

To read more: https://www.bdtonline.com/news/wvdoh-starts-fight-against-state-potholes-with-prevention/article_2753e1cc-5931-11eb-8ca6-e77a80a9702b.html

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