Shreveport Armed with New Weapon Against Potholes
I'm not sure that you have noticed, but there seems to be a bit of an issue with potholes in Shreveport. Even on the "Well maintained" interstate, it can feel more like driving a 1980's era Ford LTD through an Air-Force bombing range than a smooth, even roadway designed for comfort in regards to long distance travel by automobile. The frustrating part is, with all of the constant road work going on in this town - it seems like the problem could've been solved years ago.
The problem with traditional methods (which have been used here to no avail) is that they are temporary at best. With floods, fluctuating hot and cold, and constant traffic pounding on the patch - it's bound to return to it's pot holey state.
According to Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler, all of that will soon be a thing of the past! What do we owe our soon to be smooth as glass streets? A new, $200,000 Crowley infrared pothole repair truck that is set to revolutionize automotive transportation in Shreveport. KTBS says that the machine works through a special "combination of fire and heat."
Why is the mayor so sure that this repair truck will make a major difference on our roadways? It's already been in use. Reportedly, the machine has been undergoing a performance review for the last few years. Several high-traffic areas, including a major crater at the Fair Grounds, have had their pot holes patched to see if the repair would last. The manufacturer claims that the patches will hold for at least 2-3 years, and so far that claim has been true.
I, for one, am looking forward to the moment I can drink coffee and drive at the same time in Shreveport.