© Eric Sparling - Amherst Daily News
A Town of Amherst Transportation and Public Works Department employee shovels some asphalt to patch a hole on South Albion Street in Amherst. The department is focusing its efforts on bringing potholes under control in Amherst by the end of the week.
AMHERST – Vehicles take a pounding from potholes but the Town of Amherst Department of Public Works is trying to fill in the worst of them.
“We were out last Friday and we’ve been out all this week, and we think this will help us get on top of the situation,” said Ben Pitman, director of Transportation and Public Works for the Town of Amherst. “The weather this week is perfect for patching potholes.”
The town uses hot mix patches to fill the potholes.
“There are two types of patches, you can have cold mix patches and hot mix patches, and we’ve had good luck with the hot mix patching,” said Pitman.
Potholes are common at this time of year.
“We’ve come across a number of potholes generated from the freeze and thaw cycles we had in the last few weeks,” said Pitman. “It’s typical for this time of year.
“It’s not unusual for there to be a lot of pot holes caused by the weather in February and March, and we should have it under control by the end of this week.”
Pitman said there are potholes throughout the town.
“There’s no particular area we’re focusing on.”
He said not all the patches would be permanent.
“We’ll re-patch them in the summer if they come out.”