City enlists Silly Putty in bulletproof bags to fight potholes
The Boston DPW today begins trials of three new methods for temporarily filling spring potholes until they can be permanently fixed when the weather warms up. Among them, according to a press release from the mayor's office:
Hole Patch utilizes a silly putty like material in a Kevlar bag that is placed in potholes. City workers simply place a Hole Patch bag in the pothole to make it safe for drivers. They return when weather conditions improve to make a permanent repair. Because Hole Patch advertises as easy to apply, it can in theory save the city costs on temporary repairs.
Also to be tried out in our fresh holes:
Aquaphalt contains a vegetable oil based binder, which contains no VOCs (volatile organic compounds), a contributor to air pollution in Boston. Many repairs with Aquaphalt last beyond ten years, much longer than the industry standard for pothole patching materials.