Maryville’s roads have seen significant damage due to the constant freezing and thawing of pavement.
This winter has been particularly harsh, causing Maryville's worst pothole season in nearly a decade. Public Works Director C.E. Goodall said he and his crews are aware of the growing issue but are hindered by the weather.
“Actually, it is one of our priorities, when we're not pushing snow, in the winters is the freezing and thawing because it just tears them (the roads) to pieces,” Goodall said. “With the worse temperatures this year we’ve run into more of that, especially in a location on Main Street around Pagliai's and up around that corner there.”
City Manager Greg McDanel said this weather has caused issues for cities across Missouri.
“Potholes form when moisture from weather or melting snow gets into roadway cracks and freezes,” McDanel said. “With the weather pattern this year, there is a constant cycle of thawing and refreezing making it one of the worst winters yet for roadways across the state, not just Maryville.”
McDanel said Maryville is working to fill the potholes but the city cannot fully repair the roads until the temperatures rise in early spring.
“Crews are patching potholes as we can in between snow removal efforts with ‘cold-mix’,” McDanel said. “‘Cold-mix’ is a temporary solution that has a short duration hold. A better repair is called ‘hot-mix’ asphalt which holds much longer and seals the pothole, however, this can only be applied in warmer temperatures.”
The weather has not only affected the roads but also the city’s budget as McDanel said snow removal efforts in January have cost Maryville $57,000.
Goodall echoed McDanel saying they may use most or all of their 2019 road repair budget.
“We’ve budgeted about $50,000 for road repairs and we will definitely be hitting it pretty hard this year,” Goodall said. “I know on snow removal we are already past our budgeted amount on salt and BIOMELT. So, we’ve definitely seen our budget take a bigger hit than normal.”
Goodall said he encourages anyone to report pothole issues to his department so they can make repairs as soon as possible.
“Anytime they can call into Public Works office at (660)-562-8012 that’ll get them to Stacy (public works administrative assistant) and she’ll take down the address or location,” Goodall said. “We then usually call the street department immediately and let them know. If it is after hours they can call Public Saftey and let them know and they’ll pass it along to us.”
Goodall said it is a good idea to report potholes because while they have workers patrolling the streets they may still miss some major ones.
“We have guys go out and drive the streets every day and try to make sure we find them, especially on the main thoroughfare,” Goodall said. “But you get some of them on streets that don’t get driven very often we may not get on that street so if they want to let us know we’d be more than happy to respond.”
McDanel said he wants people to be aware that not all road issues are actually up to the city to repair but may actually belong to a private business or the University.
“It may be a misconception to students that the city maintains private business parking lots, such as Taco Bell, or ‘business roads’ such as on campus,” McDanel said. “These are mostly maintained by the private entity.”