Road Work
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We have had multiple days of above average temperatures this week, which has been a break from the normal winter temperatures in the region. While most have been enjoying the warmer temperatures, the city of Johnstown Public Works Department has been hard at work, repairing the roads throughout the area. It's hard to drive in the winter without hitting a huge pothole in the road. But on warmer days like we have had, our public works department in the city has been working to make the roads a little less bumpy. "The plows impact that obviously, they peel up the blacktop where it is loose that as well as the changing weather temperatures," said Public Works Director Jared Campagna. "The heating up of the asphalt, the cold, the water gets underneath it and peels it up as well." During this year's midwinter thaw, the Johnstown Public Works Department is working hard to fill the many pot holes in the city before the snow and bitter cold are back again. "We would be out filling the potholes with a mixture called cold patch. It is what is available to us this time of year with the plant being closed. It is a product that we use fairly often in this weather," Campagna said. Cold patch is a mixture of half-inch chips and proprietary oil. They then use a machine to heat the cold patch to the proper temperature so the oils in the mixture can adhere to the roads.