Whitley County Shares Long-Lasting Remedy For Potholes (VIDEO)

By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive

March 11, 2014 Updated Mar 11, 2014 at 6:29 PM EDT

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (21Alive) -- In most counties, drivers are seeing and feeling their fair share of potholes.

But out in Whitley County, most drivers get to miss the big thuds that often come along with spring.

According to Highway Director, Michael Barton, that's because they use a bottom-up approach when repairing roads.

Barton explained, "You just have to decide, do you want to just chip and seal and fill potholes from the top, which isn't going to last and you just keep putting money in that way? Or do you want to do it right and start building that road from the bottom up?"

Barton says putting an inch of asphalt over a rough road is often a waste of time and money. Whereas, his fix doesn't require maintenance for 10-12 years.

The process involves using a milling machine and crushing the damaged road. Then, adding new stone and calcium chloride to that crushed material. Within a few months, the road then gets its final seal of asphalt and additional stone.

Whitley County has practiced this long-lasting remedy for 5 years. Huntington County is another that uses this method.

Barton says the bottom-up approach may not be a quick fix, but it's definitely the right one for Whitley County.




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