An extended winter season no matter what the calendar says has made it difficult for road crews to keep up with road repairs as the freezing and thawing combined with cold temperatures has created some monster potholes.
"We have them just like everybody else, and they are monsters this year," exclaimed Newcomerstown Mayor Pat Cadle. "The street department is aware of them and they get to them as fast as they can."
A unique challenge that Newcomerstown crews face is getting patch material from New Philadelphia and then keeping it warm on the drive back to the village.
"We are in the process of getting a machine that will keep the mix hot," said Cadle. "Right now, we have to load the mix into a dump truck and then drive back to town and fill the holes before it becomes solid. That can be difficult to accomplish, especially with colder temperatures."
Cadle said funds to repair potholes in the village are part of the annual budget.
"Street Superintendent Travis Goodwill tells us they spend on average $8,000 to $10,000 a year on material to fix potholes," said Cadle. "We are fortunate to have a street levy that helps pay for such repairs to our streets."
All roadways and related infrastructure within municipalities, including state and county routes, are the responsibilities of each municipality.
The Village of Newcomerstown’s transportation system consist of about 28 miles of paved roads, one 1 mile of unpaved roadways, one bridge and various sidewalks.
The Newcomerstown Street Department can be reached at 740-498-8655. Service hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.