New equipment increases efficiency in filling potholes in Midland

New equipment increases efficiency in filling potholes in Midland

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The process of filling a pothole by hand usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes and three people.

"Pour the hot mix, then they will have to rake it and smooth it out, then they will have to unload some compaction machine and run over," said Abe Langston, Superintendent of the city of Midland Transportation.

Lately, Midland has been able to fill and keep up with growth of the city and the roads, much more than before.

"It's really streamlined and made our pothole patching a lot more efficient," said Langston.

The new machine they have been using since the summer cuts down the filling process to just two minutes.

In 2015, the city of Midland filled almost 15,000 potholes, which is up almost 9,000 from the year before.

Potholes typically happen throughout the city after extreme weather conditions and wear and tear on the roads.

"Especially after we have an ice storm or some kind of rain event. Water is asphalts worst enemy. If water gets up under that asphalt, it will just pop it right out and you will have a pothole," said Sara Bustilloz, a spokesperson for the city of Midland.

Midland is looking for a more permanent solution to the problem, such as mill and overlay. They have already started projects throughout the city.

"City council has really been dedicated over the past few years to doing mill and overlay projects, which actually makes the pavement like new. Keeps us from having to take a look at it for hopefully another 10 to 15 years," said Bustilloz.

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