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Brightwaters finds new fix for potholes

Potholes in the eastbound lanes of Route 25A

Potholes in the eastbound lanes of Route 25A in Roslyn threaten motorists' tires. (Feb. 2, 2011) Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

The village of Brightwaters is hoping a new machine will help pothole repairs last longer.

The equipment, which officals said cost the village $1,800, will hot-patch roadway holes with heated asphalt — a change from cold-patching holes, which wasn’t working well.

“This is a treated process like paving,” said Brightwaters Mayor Joseph McNulty. “It’s a more permanent process. I wanted to go away from cold patching at a reasonable cost.”

McNulty said the village made the move after realizing cold patching — placing unheated asphalt into the potholes — wasn’t lasting.

Two workers are required to operate the small hand machine, which McNulty said could be in used within one week.

McNulty said the village will use routine checks and comments from residents to determine which potholes to fill.

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