Pothole Killer machine helps keep roads safe and smooth for drivers

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The borough of Roselle has found a more permanent solution to fixing those pesky potholes that plague the Garden State.

The borough has contracted Patch Management and their machine the PK-2000, otherwise known as the "Pothole Killer,” to fill five holes on 52 miles of roadway in the borough.

“The best part of our entire process? It takes about 90 seconds to fill a repair,” says Brian Preski with Patch Management.

The fix, which is faster and last longer than traditional repairs will save municipalities time and money. Roselle is the first town in Union County to use the Pothole Killer. Patch Management has a fleet of 42 trucks.

“It has four steps to our process. Essentially, when we come up we’ll blow out all of the debris that will be in the hole or repair. We put down a layer of [coating] that seals the hole from the sides and the bottoms so don't get water infiltration,” Preski says. “Water infiltration is what makes potholes come back year after year after year. You’ll see us put stone and rock mixture and then we layer it off with essentially a little bit of drystone.”

The roadway can be driven on within minutes of being repaired. Preski says that the repairs should last years.

Roselle will pay Patch Management $80,000 to fix as many potholes as they can in about three weeks.

The borough plans to have all of Roselle’s roads repaved within the next 10 years. Officials say that not having to deal with constant potholes will help that process move quicker.

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