pothole http://wesa.fm en Paving Season Starts, But Without Enough Money To Address All Bad Roads http://wesa.fm/post/paving-season-starts-without-enough-money-address-all-bad-roads <p></p><p></p><p>As warmer weather approaches, city crews are ready to start paving some of the most problematic streets in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Mayor Bill Peduto said following one of the worst winters in the last 20 years, roads have been left battered. But standing alongside the pothole-ridden Brookline Boulevard, he said road conditions can also be blamed on years of city budgets under-funding infrastructure.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:58:41 +0000 Deanna Garcia 26911 at http://wesa.fm Paving Season Starts, But Without Enough Money To Address All Bad Roads Pittsburgh's Pothole Problem May Have a Solution http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburghs-pothole-problem-may-have-solution <p>A Pennsylvania company may have invented the machine we’ve been dreaming of, to repair our potholed roadways. <a href="http://roadmixer.com/">Road Mixer</a> is an asphalt plant mounted on a truck and it could be a quick solution to fixing our streets.</p><p>So why isn’t the city of Pittsburgh using it? We posed that question to&nbsp;Darren Geesamen, project manager for the Road Mixer company.</p><p>The idea for mobile mixer trucks started many years ago. They use hot asphalt to ensure that potholes will be permanently fixed. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 22:24:22 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24977 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh's Pothole Problem May Have a Solution Second Pothole Blitz Underway in Pittsburgh http://wesa.fm/post/second-pothole-blitz-underway-pittsburgh <p>Thanks to the break in wintry weather this week, Pittsburgh Public Works crews will conduct another pothole blitz.</p><p>Thirty crews will be out each day filling some of the city’s worst craters.</p><p>“Negley Run will be closed on Monday,” said Mayor Bill Peduto. “It’s past the point of being able to be patched. It’s going to be milled down to the concrete and will remain that way throughout the rest of the winter. We’re also looking at a couple of other areas that have been hit hard like Brookline Boulevard and Second Avenue.”</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:19:57 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24667 at http://wesa.fm Second Pothole Blitz Underway in Pittsburgh When it Comes to Patching Potholes, Funding is the Biggest Pitfall http://wesa.fm/post/when-it-comes-patching-potholes-funding-biggest-pitfall <p>Pittsburgh is an old city with old roads. From cobblestones, to brick, to brittle asphalt, the addition of winter weather can make our daily commutes pretty treacherous.</p><p>Last week, Mayor Peduto appointed public works veteran, Mike Gable as the new Department of Public Works Director.</p><p>Gable hopes the city can find more funding in order to get on track with&nbsp; winter street maintenance plans.</p><p>“Well this is a very tough time of the year, obviously. The roads are in bad shape as a result of the freezing and thawing that has been occurring over the past couple of weeks. But, its also a product of not making the investment that we’ve had to make to repair the roads with our resurfacing program.”</p><p>In the resurfacing program calls for a target of 80 miles per year, but the department has only been paving 30 to 40 miles per year, Gable says this is not a recipe for success. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 23:10:32 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 24069 at http://wesa.fm When it Comes to Patching Potholes, Funding is the Biggest Pitfall