TEMPERANCE (WWJ) – Call it the $25,000 question: Does a Pennsylvania company have what it takes to fix Michigan’s pothole problem?

The Monroe County Road Commission plans to find out, paying that amount to Patch Management to fill as many cracks and potholes as it can in ten days.

Road commission managing director Howard Penrod said the company pitched its own blend of coal patch it claims can be applied in sub-zero temps and withstand Michigan’s wild temperature swings.

“It still depends on how long it lasts and I think that as it tests, it won’t last through the winter.”

But, Penrod wants to see the results for himself before committing more money.

“They say that they can do it in all weather conditions, which is somewhat unique on their part. They say that they can put it down as low as 17 below zero. We’re not even asking them to do that. We want to have it tested under normal, reasonable weather and have it go through the bad weather and then see how it lasts.”

Penrod said the work will be done on Samaria Road, about five miles from the Ohio border, because it was built with an experimental concrete mixture that didn’t hold up well.


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