A SIMPLE AD EFFECTIVE METHOD OF REPAIRIG POTHOLES I IDIA By Prof. Prithvi Singh Kandhal*
[This paper was published as Paper o. 544 in the Journal of the Indian Roads Congress, Volume 69-3, October-December 2008. Author’s response to comments made on this paper are also given at the end.]
Development of potholes on roads and streets of India after the onset of monsoons is a common phenomenon. Quite often, potholes are repaired with antiquated techniques such as placing soil or bare aggregate in the pothole because no hot mix asphalt is available during monsoons. An economical, generic, readymade stockpile cold patching mix has been proposed, which is manufactured in a batch type hot mix plant using local aggregates. This generic mix can be placed without preparing the pothole such as drying, squaring the edges, cleaning, and tack coating. This patching mix developed by the author was adjudged as the best performer in the readymade bituminous patching mix category in a nationwide field evaluation research project conducted under the US Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP). Since that study was conducted in regions with different climatic conditions (including hot and wet), it is believed this patching mix will be equally successful in India. Recent field trials of this mix in Rajasthan during monsoons have been highly successful. The mix can be stockpiled and remains workable for at least 6 months and, therefore, it can be used throughout the year including the rainy season. A detailed specification ready to be used by highway agencies in India is given in the paper.
Development of potholes on Indian roads and streets after the onset of monsoons is a common phenomenon. Every year there is a public outcry and newspapers are full of pictures showing potholed road pavements. Hot mix asphalt plants are usually shut down during monsoons and no hot bituminous mix is available for filling potholes. Therefore, many potholes are either not repaired or repaired with antiquated techniques. It is quite common for the government agencies to repair potholes as follows:
Fill the pothole with soil, which is usually washed away in the first rain.
Associate Director Emeritus, National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT), Auburn University, Alabama, USA (currently, Karanpura House, 50 Raj Bhawan Road, Civil Lines, Jaipur 302 006) E-mail: email@example.com