When filled with water, potholes act as landmines for unsuspecting drivers
Governor Charlie Baker announced yet more good news for drivers across the state: A $30 million reimbursement program to fill those pernicious potholes. And since the road repair work has to be completed by June 15th to qualify, municipal officials can't afford to procrastinate.
The money is being apportioned using the same Chapter 90 distribution formula, so Amherst will be getting $126,035. That's in addition to the extra $400,000 announced in Chapter 90 money a couple months ago.
DPW Chief Guilford Mooring reports that at $74 ton he should be able to purchase around 1,500 tons of asphalt. A pothole 6" deep, one square yard around requires about a quarter-ton to fill, so that's enough for 6,000 potholes.
Although there's other expenses for asphalt tack coat, prep tools, equipment rental and the hiring of a some part-time help.
All in all, a good start for spring.
Just one of the many benefits of a Republican Governor. Not that it will win him many votes in the People's Republic of Amherst.