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City crews will begin road repairs this week now that an asphalt plant in Carroll County has begun production, said Galax City Manager Keith Barker.
Based on priority, Hospital Drive will first be repaired, along with Country Club Lane and Fries Road.
City workers will take a look at each road in Galax, said Barker, and will be making repairs over the next three weeks.
Once asphalt is received, the public works department will start with the major challenges and most-traveled roadways, and then work into residential areas.
“The biggest problem area has been Hospital Drive,” said Barker. “Mainly because, during the winter, we try to keep that road clear and maintained. When the salt and chemicals mix, along with the push on the roadway, it degrades the pavement.”
Some potholes, such as the ones on Hospital Drive, have received temporary seals with cold patch asphalt, but the unreliable material has already lifted out of most spots. The pliable cold patch material can easily sink into or be pulled out of the road.
Because production plants are seasonal, Barker said during winter months the city does not have suitable materials for the repairs needed.
“We use a cold patch material during the winter in some areas,” said Barker. “However, it doesn’t set up like asphalt does and won’t work in high traffic areas.”
Falling into the same budget category as snow removal, the city has budgeted $100,000 in repair and maintenance and $25,000 in overtime pay.
About $21,000 was spent last spring on materials and labor to fix roads that had been damaged from snow removal. Barker said he will not know the estimate this year until repairs have been made.
During snow storms this past winter, the city spent $78,000 on equipment and labor, including $55,000 on materials.
Last winter, the city budgeted $80,000 for snow removal and $20,000 for overtime. However, the city spent well over $150,000 clearing snow and ice last year, with at least $97,400 spent on snow removal materials alone, and another $26,600 in overtime pay for crew.
“This time, there was a lot of snow removal during the week,” said Barker. “Last winter, more snow removal was done on the weekends, which meant more overtime pay for the crew. We’re sitting better this year than last, but the snow storms this winter still caused a lot of problems.”
Barker said the city has received reports on potholes every day for the past few weeks.