GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — It is National Work Zone Safety Awareness week, and this year’s theme is “Drive Like You Work Here.”
Road commission workers are preparing to transition from scraping and salting to pothole repair.
West Michigan road commissions are in that in-between time where they’re preparing to move full-swing into pothole repair and summer work — but they can’t exactly put winter behind them just yet.
Jerry Byrne with the Kent County Road Commission says the asphalt plants have given word that on Wednesday, they will be set to provide hot asphalt so the road commissions can begin making some permanent repairs to our winter-battered roads.
Byrne says his crews know where the trouble spots are as they’ve been using the cold patch material for the past couple of months.
“It’s not only the hot material but we’re also getting warmer temperatures, it’s drier. So, when you glue anything together warm, clean and dry. In the middle of winter, you can’t get that. Now we can start getting warmer, we can start cleaning the potholes and it’s drier. It’s a combination of all four that make it work,” Byrne said.
With Thursday’s forecast, they can’t leave winter behind just yet. Half of the Kent County Road Commission’s fleet is still equipped to spread salt if needed.