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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 21, 2020
INDY DPW ANNOUNCES LOCATIONS IN FIRST ROUND OF 2020 ROADWAY STRIP-PATCHING PLAN
Asphalt plants will open to supply street crews as early as next week.
INDIANAPOLIS—The Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) today highlighted locations in the first phase of its strip-patching program for 2020. DPW plans to address streets across Indianapolis with the strip-patching technique as soon as asphalt plants are able to open and supply street crews, expected as early as next week.
Strip-patching is a more permanent solution to deteriorating roadways than standard pothole filling. When warmer weather allows hot-mix asphalt plants to open for the construction season, specialized equipment is used to mill partial or entire lanes of roadway before laying down a new surface, up to four inches deep. While historically opened in March or April, DPW has worked with asphalt plants to open earlier in recent years to supply street crews with the material they need for more substantive maintenance.
“With asphalt plants nearly ready to open, we’re watching for a couple days next week with dry weather lasting long enough to get started,” said Indy DPW Director Dan Parker. “The availability of hot-mix asphalt kicks everything up a notch: we can begin strip-patching full lanes of street, and the patch we use in chuckholes will last much longer.”
The first locations to be strip-patched include:
- Meridian St, 38th St to 56th St
- 79th St, Michigan Rd to Township Line Rd
- Moore Rd, 79th St to 86th St
- Traders Ln, Wilson Rd to Lafayette Rd
- 21st St, Tansel Rd to Country Club Rd
- Rockville Rd, Gasoline Alley to dead end
- Kessler Blvd W Dr, White River bridge to Westfield Blvd
- Country Club Rd, Rockville Rd to 10th St
- Belmont Ave, Minnesota St to Morris St
- 21st St, Wellesley Blvd to Post Rd
- Shadeland Ave, 21st St to Western Select Dr
- Emerson Ave, English Ave to Washington St
- Allisonville Rd, 62nd St to 71st St
- 75th St, Dean Rd to Binford Blvd
- Kessler Blvd E Dr, Allisonville Rd to Binford Blvd
- Southport Rd, US 31 to Shelby St
- Hanna Ave, Meridian St to East St
- Thompson Rd, High School Rd to Mann Rd
- Trotter Rd, County Line Rd to Camby Rd
DPW will work from a finalized list of strip-patching locations, based on recommendations from DPW’s Operations and Engineering divisions using pavement data to target the most deteriorated streets. DPW will announce further street segments to be addressed with strip-patching as the first round of locations nears completion.
Strip-patching locations will be addressed both by contractors and by DPW’s newly created, in-house Street Maintenance Team. In 2019, its inaugural year, this new DPW team of 36 crew members completed 64 intensive strip-patching projects.
Pothole-filling crews (up to 90 members daily) have also been working each day this week to service pothole requests from residents across Indianapolis, filling nearly 10,000 potholes with about 240 tons of cold-mix asphalt. When placed on a roadway, hot-mix asphalt bonds more completely to the current asphalt road surface than does cold-mix asphalt, meaning that the upcoming availability of hot-mix asphalt will also increase the effectiveness of standard pothole-filling operations.
To report a pothole on Indianapolis local streets:
- Call the Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622; or,
- ‘Create A New Request’ via the online portal RequestIndy by navigating to maps.indy.gov/RequestIndy/ or by downloading the RequestIndy app; or,
- Use the Indy Pothole Viewer to report a location (maps.indy.gov/indypotholeviewer/) and then view information about where potholes have been reported across the county.
As strip-patching and other road maintenance crews take to the streets in larger numbers this spring, DPW encourages drivers to give construction crews the space they need to work safely. Drivers should watch for orange barrels and cones, slowing down through construction zones and using caution around workers.
Exciting news – the asphalt plants may open this week, depending on weather! This is going to help in two ways, the first being that the first round of strip-patching will be able to start on our city streets. There are nineteen road segments in that round. Three of those are in our area and may be where you drive: Traders Lane off of Lafayette Road to the north of our area, 21st Street from Tansel Road to Country Club Road south of Clermont, and Country Club Road from 10th Street to Rockville Road, which many of you may drive to get to Avon and other areas. Part of these segments will be done by the DPW team that had its inaugral year in 2019.
The second way this is helpful is once the asphalt plants open, potholes will be able to be filled with hot mix. This is much more permenant that the cold patch and will last much longer. Please do report potholes, especially on the major thoroughfares, so that they are put on the list to be filled. You may do so by calling the MAC at 317-327-4622 or using the app on your phone.
Watch for crews working on our streets and roads. Slow down and use caution when traveling through a constrution zone.
There is more information below from the Department of Public Works (DPW), including all 19 segments that will be strip-patched in the first round, an explanation as to what strip-patching is, and more information about reporting potholes, as well as how to find information about where potholes have already been reported. Please feel free to share this information with others.