Ambitious New Plan to Tackle Potholes

Published 05/02 2014 06:27PM

Updated 05/02 2014 06:37PM

MIDDLESEX, Vt. - Governor Peter Shumlin hit the pavement Friday morning. He filled potholes along Route Two in Middlesex, just after announcing the launch of "Fast Fix 14."

"This year, for the first time in Vermont's history, going to be leveling and improving three hundred seventy five miles of pavement and roadway," the Governor said.

The aggressive new plan involves pothole repairs, leveling, and spot paving. It includes 9-million dollars in federal funding secured with the help of Senator Bernie Sanders. Officials are now figuring out which roads to fix first, but they say the projects will be evenly distributed state-wide.

"What's the wisest way to use our limited resources. sometimes the worst roads aren't always the best investment," Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Transportation, Sue Minter, said.

Also included in the fast fix plan, four new machines that will help VTRANS keep on top of pot holes better next winter.

"Something that's portable and able to produce small amounts of hot mix all winter long," Secretary of the Agency of Transportation Brian Searles said of the machines.

As you might expect, a large number of potholes this season also led to a spike in car damage, leaving local auto shops buzzing all winter long. Waterbury Service Center, located on bumpy Route Two, was one of those busy businesses.

"It’s good for us, bad for the public," owner Albert Caron said.

He says pothole related repairs came in five times faster than normal some months.

"I've seen quite a bit of damage to front ends, a lot of broken springs, tire odd ends, wheel bearings, ball joints," he noted.

Those repairs add up quickly, according to Caron.

"Anywhere from three fifty to five hundred depending on the vehicle."

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