Pothole 'strip patching' project begins Tuesday, weather permitting


INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Department of Public Works hopes to start "strip patching" Tuesday on streets riddled with potholes.

That's assuming the the weather cooperates.

Crews plan to start by first repairing Senate Avenue near IU Health Methodist Hospital, then move to Westfield Boulevard between Illinois and College.

"The strip patching is a little more lasting," said DPW's Dan Parker. "It's also more expensive, but they take off four and half inches of pavement and put the asphalt down so it will be nice and smooth. Residents are expecting longer-lasting repairs and that's what they're going to be getting."

DPW says they've gotten 2,700 pothole complaints so far this month, but between the snow and rain, they've only had four days to work filling them.

On Monday, 18 crews were out working to patch as many potholes as they could.

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