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April 24, 2014

City begins new pothole strategy

NEW CASTLE — New Castle’s public works department instituted a new game plan this week to fill potholes throughout the city.

Mayor Anthony Mastrangelo said as of Monday, public works director Michael Rooney has assigned two crews to fix potholes.

The crews will work 10-hour days Monday through Friday. Workers will be paid two hours overtime for each day exceeding eight hours, according to Rooney.

The city is obtaining hot patch material from Dunbar Asphalt on Route 224. If its plant is open on Saturday, the crews will work on Saturday as well, the mayor said.

Dunbar Asphalt opened its plant two weeks ago to begin manufacturing hot patch. Before the plant opened, the city had to use cold patch, which is essentially a temporary measure.

The public works department plans to use 12 to 14 tons of hot patch per day. If it rains, crews will not address any potholes.

Residents can report potholes by calling public works at (724) 656-3568 or (724) 656-3569 or the mayor’s office at (724) 656-3510.

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