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Place & Roll Pothole Patching

The method that the City uses most often is place and roll, or quick response pot hole patching. This method utilizes a two-man patch crew in a small dump truck assigned to repair pot holes in specific areas in the city. The areas are assigned on a rotating basis, and all roads within the City can usually be covered within a two week period.

Unlike quality patching, this type of repair is not intended to repair fatigued sections of pavement. Place and roll patching addresses an immediate need for filling pot holes in the road with asphalt mix and making the road safe for the traveling public. City pot hole patching crews can usually fix the majority of pot holes before complaints are registered. We will attempt to fill the hole within 24 hours of notification. This type of response is needed to mitigate immediate risk to vehicles traveling on a city-paved road. Without this type of response, frequent vehicular damage from driving through pot holes could occur.

This type of pothole patch repair can last from a low of one day up through several years. How long the patch will last depends upon the quality of the material used and the environment that the patching material is placed in. Water infiltration into any asphalt patch material will greatly decrease the life of the patch. The life of a patch repair will frequently be short when the material is placed in pot holes on a severely deteriorated roads in wet weather conditions.

Repair of potholes by Place and Roll patching is accomplished by:
  • Cleaning the hole with a broom (if needed)
  • Shoveling asphalt mix into the pothole to the correct depth
  • Raking the material smooth
  • Compacting the asphalt mix by rolling the patch with the tires of the patch truck, using a vibratory plate compactor, or (with very small holes) using a hand compaction device

Work Zones

Work zones for this type of work are categorized as moving work zones. Arrow boards mounted on the patch trucks normally suffice for traffic zone safety. Traffic lane closures are not needed.