Tahlequah Daily Press

April 14, 2014

Idea for long-lasting street repairs


TAHLEQUAH — Editor, Daily Press:

The greatest investment the city of Tahlequah has is the street system, which is deteriorating at an alarming rate. If we do not correct this situation, the streets of this great city will become almost impassable. There are several ways to repair our streets with longer-lasting results and very little additional expense.

Consider that if you spend $50 to patch a chug-hole that will last only until the next rain or frost, as opposed to repairing the same problem for $75 with a procedure that will last for two or three times as long, which will be in the taxpayers’ interest.

One procedure involves equipment the city already has on hand: the patch truck at the street department. The crew is already trained to utilize the benefits of this equipment and with the short training period, and some additional supplies, could be updating our procedures and saving the taxpayers’ and the city’s investment.

The procedural changes would use heat to not only dry out the work area, but also bringing it up to an elastic state, so with a bonding agent, the new material can be laid down and compacted. After the repair has cooled sufficiently, then apply a sealer, and the repair is complete.

We have several miles of roadways that would benefit from the well-known “chip and seal” program that has been around for a long time.

We are fighting an uphill battle to bring this city up to where it should be, and this can only be done with sufficient financing to protect our investment. It will be expensive at first, but the alternatives are even less attractive.

Jerry Gay