“Hot patch” for potholes may be arriving soon

Pothole solution usually isn't ready until April

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The brutal winter western Massachusetts experienced has made for an early and particularly difficult pothole season. Normally, relief in the form of “hot patch” for potholes doesn’t come until at least the beginning of April, but that could be different this year.

Officials at Palmer Paving in Springfield have been getting a lot of calls from local DPW directors urging them to get their “hot patch” ready as soon as possible. Hot patch permanently seals potholes, as opposed to “cold patch,” which is a filler used in the winter time.

Maintenance will be done at Palmer Paving facilities, with the goal of getting hot patch out early.

Patrick Garrity of the Springfield Engineering Department has been notified by Palmer Paving that they should have hot patch available by April 1, or slightly before.

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