With the warm winter
weather Chicopee DPW Highway crews have been able to get a jump on the pothole
repair season, DPW Superintendent Jeffrey Neece announced today.
The DPW is able to make
their own reheated hot mix for potholes by using two hot boxes that essentially
heats the mix and maintains the temperature for proper installation at the
preferred temperature. By doing this crews do not have to use cold pothole mix
material that generally does not last long under winter wet conditions. Using
the two boxes crews can produce eight tons of the hot pothole mix.
The material for the
mix was purchased in December as local asphalt plants closed for the winter
season. It was then stockpiled until needed when it is reheated using one of
the hot boxes. Crews can identify problem potholes by resident input or visual
inspection which is then added to SeeClickFix, a platform for residents to
report non-emergency issues.
The City anticipates
that the asphalt plants will be reopening soon and supplying the DPW with hot
mix from their plants. Until then, highway crews are able to repair large
potholes and get a jump on the repairs by making their own hot mix material.
encouraged to use SeeClickFix by visiting their website, www.seeclickfix.com,
or downloading their smartphone app, SeeClickFix. By clicking “Connect With
Your Community”, you can search for “Chicopee” and report an issue or view
open, acknowledged, and closed issues. The City of Chicopee – Mayor’s Office
Facebook page also contains a link to the platform. All issues are sent to the
DPW and are reviewed daily.