Traffic calming is achieved! I think it is now impossible, by the laws of physics, to speed on Providence roads without completely shredding one’s automobile… In fact, I’m almost positive a pot hole on Frost Street last year helped end the life of my previous car…
Yes, that time of the year has arrived, and it’s not at all too early for us to start sharing pot hole stories and listing our “worst of” pot holes of Providence.
My early candidates:
- Most of Gano Street between Medway Street and Waterman Ave.
- Morris Avenue near Cypress Street
- Most of Branch Avenue between West River Street and North Main Street (there may be more pot hole than street here at the moment)
Please list your own candidates in the comments section! I’ll compile the list and forward it to the city…
Update: The Mayor issued a Press Release concerning potholes:
PROVIDENCE – Mayor David N. Cicilline today announced an aggressive program to systematically repair potholes in the capital city. The City has intensified its efforts by adding Parks Department vehicles to the fleet of Department of Public Works (DPW) trucks so that there will be, effective today, eight fulltime crews filling potholes throughout the city. The trucks are equipped with a new high performance patch material that has proven effective in repairing potholes, even in wet conditions.
“Of course, the most effective, long-term solution to improve road conditions is through our citywide repaving program,” said Mayor Cicilline. “However, given the impact of severe weather on our roads, we will act quickly to improve safety and reduce the wear and tear on people’s cars.”
“A combination of extremely cold weather followed by intermittent thawing has made combating potholes this winter especially challenging for our staff,” said John Nickelson, DPW Director. “Patching is not a cure-all for repairing potholes, however, it’s the most immediate response to a pressing problem.”
DPW staff conducted a citywide review of Providence’s 370 miles of roadway to determine the extent of the problem and will continue filling potholes on main arteries before working their way to secondary roads. Crews are using a proprietary high performance cold mix patch to repair the roads, a material that includes a special blend of anti-stripping additives and adhesion agents that are known to last 3.5 times longer than the conventional pothole patching material.
Anyone with concerns about specific potholes on city streets should contact the Office of Neighborhood Services at 421-2489 and the City will dispatch a crew to repair the pothole within two business days.