Road repairs speeding up across Louisville Metro

Road repairs speeding up across Louisville Metro
Published: Mar. 30, 2016 at 2:13 AM EDT|Updated: May. 14, 2016 at 3:35 AM EDT
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Assistant Director of Metro Public Works Jeff Brown (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Assistant Director of Metro Public Works Jeff Brown (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Daily commutes in the city will soon change as Louisville is speeding up its road repair schedule.

Tuesday afternoon, Louisville Metro City Council members met with Metro Public Works officials to discuss road repair plans and funding.

Several downtown streets in Old Louisville and the Central Business District are in dire need of repair. Since 2015, numerous pot holes have been filled with cold mix, which is used as a temporary fix. However, the mix isn't creating a smooth drive.

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Several streets, such as Sixth Street and Chestnut Street, have been put on hold due to utility work.
"They're not in the way, they have to do what they have to do to make sure we have weather, sewers, gas and electric. We just have to be patient and work with them on it," Assistant Director of Metro Public Works Jeff Brown said.
The cold mix is the only option for repairs during the winter months.

"When weather allows, we always use the hot mix asphalt," Brown said.

While road crews are waiting on project completion by utility companies, they are able to get ahead of schedule to repair other roads on their list. Often, roads are added to this plan come spring, because of harsh winter weather. However, the small amount of snow and warmer temperatures from this past season provided Metro Public Works with an advantage to get ahead on their list.
During the meeting, several council members voiced their concerns about the quality of fixes and how the repairs actually need to be fixed too.
In the past, crews didn't focus on the road all the way down to the foundation, Brown admitted. Now, engineers and inspectors fix the road entirely, he said.
"We do the complete repairs that need to be done and we make sure we improve the drainage so that the reason those damages were caused is addressed," Brown said.
On Wednesday, Mayor Greg Fischer will release details on a new way to report potholes online. There is also a new hashtag provided for users, #502pothole.
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