Guerilla Road Repair: fast and easy!
Many of us do guerilla gardening.
It's also possible to perform guerilla road repair!
That's what Mark and I did today. A pothole opened up in front of the Friendly's on a heavily traveled road that we use regularly. The road is heavily traveled at shift change for the Reese factory but otherwise doesn't see that much traffic.
It wasn't a huge pothole but it was jarring to drive over and irritating to avoid.
The township won't be repairing it anytime soon.
Mark had already repaired a pothole closer to our house, with gravel.
This one demanded more effort as it's a much more heavily traveled road AND it was a long, wide, shallow rectangle.
He bought cold-mix asphalt in a bag for $12. It was ready to use and could be used in 40 degree weather. He prepared the tools needed.
We jobbed this task with our usual errands so we didn't have to make a special trip.
Once at the Friendly's, we parked, hauled the cold-asphalt, a trash bag, a knife (to open the bag), a hoe (to spread the cold-mix evenly), a tamper (to pound it flat and dense), and a trowel (for any fine work).
It took about ten minutes to fill the hole with one bag. Mark had bought two but one bag filled the pothole nicely with some room to spare. The issue here is having a partially used bag: what do you do with the remaining cold-mix?
We'll see how well the cold-mix holds up in a road as compared to a driveway, for which this product is made. It's better than the pothole, that's for sure.
The key is probably packing it into the hole tightly, thus the hoe and the tamper.
I wouldn't recommend guerilla road repair for larger problems but for a pothole on your street that will never get fixed, think about it! One bag fills a one cubic foot space for $12 and weighs 50 pounds. $12 is much less than replacing a tire.