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Charleston Leaders Project Pothole Repairs To Top $1 Million

Reported: Mar. 5, 2014 10:39 AM EST
Updated: Mar. 5, 2014 1:13 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katelyn Sykes) -- Charleston leaders said potholes are so severe in the city that repairs could top $1 million, and one road is so riddled with damage that the city had to shut it down on Wednesday morning.

City officials received several calls about potholes along Barlow Drive. They had to close the road until road crews could get a grader on the scene. This isn't the first time crews repaired potholes along Barlow Drive this year.

Charleston Public Works Director Gary Taylor said it will cost $100,000 just to pave this street alone and fixing every street in the city will likely be more than $1 million.

Getting any of these potholes completely fixed isn't going to happen until mid-March, at the earliest.

"One of our biggest problems right now is waiting on the black top plants themselves to open," Taylor said. "The plants that we have a contract with will not open until the 27th of this month. The other plant isn't open until the 15th of April. So until we get the right materials, we can't even try to fix them in the first place."

Until then, crews are putting rock and grit into the potholes to make them more manageable to get across.

Taylor said some of these potholes are actually utility cuts done by companies to fix broken gas or water lines. He said it's up to those companies to fix those holes, but those companies also waiting on the asphalt companies to open.

Taylor also said the city's salt supply budget is just about exhausted. City officials want to try to replenish that budget during the new fiscal year that starts July 1.



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