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The City of Columbus patches potholes across a network of roadways that consists of over 6,000 lane miles. This includes all city roadways as well as portions of State Routes 315, 33 and 104 that lie within the boundaries of the city.
A lane mile is defined as one mile of roadway multiplied by the number of lanes in the roadway. For example, a 1-mile stretch of roadway with a total of 5 lanes would equal a total of 5 lane miles.
The process for patching potholes occurs in two different ways:
The Street Maintenance Section prides itself on quick and efficient response to reported potholes with an average of over 90% being filled within 3 days of being reported. It is important to remember that the staff who are responsible for filling potholes are the same individuals who plow the streets, sweep the streets, mow the right-of-way, and much more.
Hot Patching potholes is less effective in the winter months due to the extreme temperature difference between the roadway and the patching asphalt. There are some instances in the winter months where hotpatch may be more effective than the traditional cold patch but it is used more during the warmer months of the year. Used during the warmer months, hot patch is a more permanent fix to roadway potholes.
Cold Patching is a temporary fix and is predominantly used in the winter months until the pothole can be hot patched in the warmer, summer months. The lifespan of a cold patch varies and is affected by traffic volume and speed of the roadway.
Department of Public Service
111 N. Front Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 645-7805 Fax