Repair plan

A pothole on King Street, near the Greenville police station collects water from this week’s rainy weather.

At the Greenville City Council’s work session Tuesday, Interim Director of Public Works Press Tompkins gave a rundown of the city’s procedure for fixing potholes.

During his presentation, Tompkins explained that a two-man crew would be handling the bulk of the repairs and that potholes located on “major arterials” (major streets that aren’t a section of a highway) would be given first priority, followed by minor arterials, residential collectors, commercial collectors, industrial roads, and lastly, residential streets.

“We have to focus first on the roads most traveled,” Tompkins said.

After hearing that pothole repair would mostly be handled by one two-man crew, Councilman Jerry Ransom asked if the city is adequately staffed for the job.

In response to the question, Tompkins said, “Not really. We do need additional staff, but that’s something we’ll need to look at in planning next year’s budget.”

As far as the actual repair procedure is concerned, Tompkins explained that for asphalt roads, the process would be: excavate and clean out the pothole until the crew gets to stable material, remove water as much as possible, using aquaphalt during wet conditions, and fill the remainder of the hole with hot mix.

For concrete roads, the process for repairing potholes is a bit more involved. While the excavation and water removal steps are the same, the crew will also have to dowel into existing concrete or tie to existing rebar, and apply curing compound to the entire surface after it has had time to set.

In addition to pothole repair, the need for stripes to be repainted on several roads was also discussed. Tompkins explained that road striping would be prioritized in a similar order as the pothole repair, with major arterials getting top priority and industrial loads getting last, as purely residential roads won’t be striped.

The lack of stripes on some roads was the cause of safety concerns for some of the council members at Tuesday’s meeting.

“There’s no stripe on the road (Lion Lair) that goes in front of the high school and PJC,” Councilman John Turner said. “It’s very dangerous, and I’ve almost been hit there a couple of times.”

Travis Hairgrove is a news reporter and features writer at the Herald-Banner and covers city government for many municipalities in Hunt County. To reach him outside of business hours, email

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