Campbell paving project; Tucson relying on technology for finding pot holes

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A pavement improvement project has begun at Campbell and Fort Lowell and is expected to last for three days.

The $2 million project is funded by the RTA. Paving is scheduled to run 9 A.M. To 4 O'Clock each day.

Businesses will be accessible throughout the entire project.

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When the city budget tightens during tough times, it makes it harder to devote as many resources to things such as filling potholes.

But Tucson city workers are relying on technology to help find and fill the worst craters in the road.

Before a problem can be fixed, the cause needs to be determined.

In the case of potholes in southern Arizona, many can be blamed on the monsoon and winter rain.

"Pot holes are created once the water penetrates the asphalt, then you have the weight of the vehicles, the buses, cars, it loosens up and then it starts to chip its way out," said Kurt Hough from the City of Tucson.

Kurt has a small team of workers trying to fill as many as possible.

"With my staff we can't be out on every road, every day," said Hough.

So they're relying on technology to try and keep up.  Like a smart phone application, See Click Fix. It allows residents to take a picture on their phone of a pothole and send it in.

"We pick up address it and we send it off to one of supervisors our supervisors then get that and go out there repair it," said Hough.

The size and the location of the pothole play a major role in how fast it will get fixed.

"If it's considered a safety issue it's done the same day, if it's more in a residential area, it could take anywhere from a week to six weeks to two months depending on the safety factor," said Hough.

Another challenge is the amount asphalt that can be purchased. Hough says they use more than seven tons of it a day.

"The average pothole is two foot by two foot by two inches deep and each ton of asphalt probably fills 20 potholes," said Hough.

The City of Tucson Transportation division has been hurt by the budget problems making it twice as hard to get the potholes fixed.

"We do as many potholes as we can that we did last last year the difference is its costing us more because the cost of asphalt has gone up and my budget has gone down," said Hough.

The City of Tucson streets and maintenance division gets between 50 to 150 request a month to fill potholes.