By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor
Signage indicates the Monroe Mills "full resurfacing" will begin July 27.
We first heard of this project back in March. See below:
MOUNT VERNON - This week local crews began patching potholes that opened up over the winter. The road craters are everywhere this year in Knox County. One road in particiular is so bad that frustrated drivers created and liked a Facebook page called "Pave Monroe Mills Road."
Knox County Engineer Jim Henry tells KnoxPages.com that later this year Monroe Mills Road is to get a "full resurfacing using an Ohio Public Works grant" as well as Avalon and Paige Roads. That won't happen until July or August.
In the meantime, Henry says his road crews are using cold mix to patch the pot holes. He says he talked to the asphalt plant on Wednesday to have them make up another batch as more patching is necessary. Talks are underway with the county road superintendent and his division foremen to determine the extent of the damage. Henry says "we can continue discussions with the asphalt company as to ordering more material for the cold mix."
Once the weather warms up, hot mix can be used, which is a more permanent patch.
Henry adds, "With the extreme cold temperatures for extended periods, the frost line has been driven to great depths and it will take some time for the thaw. During the thaw, the roads will still be moving and soft and this [thaw] will not be over until mid to late April. In the meantime, we patch."
The Ohio Insurance Institute has several recommendations on how to stay safe and avoid damage to your vehicle when driving up on potholes.
- Maintain the proper air pressure in your tires.
- Safety is the biggest concern. If you hit a pothole and it damages your car, move out of the flow of traffic before calling for assistance.
- When checking for vehicle damage, don’t forget the tires and rims. If your steering wheel is off-center or the car starts to pull to either side on a flat road or when stopping, you’re likely in need of a wheel alignment.
- Slow down if you see a pothole in front of you. The faster you hit it, the greater the impact and potential for damage. Avoid braking directly over a pothole. It can actually cause more damage.
- If you’re able to avoid a pothole by changing lanes, check all sides prior to the lane change.
- If you have to drive over a pothole, firmly grip the steering wheel to avoid losing control.
- A puddle in the middle of a road could be a pothole in disguise. Avoid driving through it if possible.
- When driving at night, choose well-lit routes so you can see the surface in front of you.
- Reoccurring loss of tire air pressure or steering wheel vibration may signal vehicle damage due to potholes.
- Report the location of the pothole to the local municipality for repairs.