YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Youngstown Street Department is now on 24-hour pothole patrol to make the roads safer and smoother for motorists.
Crews started at 7 a.m. Monday and are working 12-hour shifts to fix the city’s roads. Crews started on Martin Luther King Boulevard, Wilson Avenue, Indianola Road and Vestal Road.
Youngstown Mayor John McNally said street department workers have a tough job ahead of them, but they will be out doing their best to fill in the trouble spots.
“I don’t think winter is over with and the hot asphalt plants are not open yet. So, this is a cold patch. We need some dry weather for this really to take effect,” McNally said.
McNally said there are four to five crews out at a time filling potholes.
The downtown area and 16 other streets in the Valley are on the list to have potholes patched. That is good news for drivers, who say getting to work is like maneuvering an obstacle course.
“It is an obstacle course. You’ve got to dodge them and swerve around them to keep from tearing your car up,” Andre Mitchell of Boardman said.
Weaving in and out trying to avoid those big gaps in the street is a big task for many drivers.
“Huge craters in the road. If you don’t avoid them, you will do serious damage to your vehicle,” Mitchell said.
Youngstown City leaders said the reason potholes have not been patched already is because of the weather.
‘It is a struggle. It is a challenge as well. This winter has been extremely difficult on us,” 4th Ward Councilman Mike Ray said.
Now that it is a little warmer, crews are out patching up roads.
“Since the weather has decided to break a bit, for this week, we are definitely going to watch the weather, but we are going to try to work 12-hour shifts,” Youngstown Building and Grounds Commissioner Sean McKinney said.
It is an around-the-clock job. Beginning at 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. the dayside crew will fill the holes, and from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., the nightside crews will work.
“The main focus would be to focus on all primary roads, then focus in our secondary roads. Try to grab every pothole that could be a major challenge on the roadways to our drivers and citizens,” McKinney said.
Ray said it will take a little time to get the job done.
“We just ask residents to be patient. If you see them, report them. Call them to the street department to make sure we are aware of them,” Ray said.
The following streets are scheduled to have their potholes patched:
- Fifth Avenue
- Wilson Avenue
- South Avenue
- Meridian Road
- Glenwood Avenue
- Canfield Road.
- Wilson Avenue
- Early Road
- Martin Luther King Boulevard
- Gypsy Lane
- Indianola Road
- Southern Boulevard
- Vestal Road
- Industrial Road
- Salt Springs Road
- Downtown Youngstown streets
To report problem potholes, call the Youngstown Street Department at (330) 744-3179.