YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima street maintenance crews were busy this week working to fill cracks throughout town, a way for the city to try and cut down on street repair costs.
Over time, the process can save the city big bucks. By using a tar and asphalt mixture, filling in the cracks helps prevent water and moisture from getting underneath the street, which can lead to bigger cracks, potholes, and the breakdown of the asphalt over time.
Sealing costs just a few cents per square foot. Compare that to anywhere from $2-$4 per square foot to fill a pothole, and you're saving a lot of money.
Plus, crack sealing is the city's only preventative maintenance, so without it, streets would really suffer.
"When you're talking a few cents here, saving $4 worth of work later, you know that's, it is a very cost effective way of taking care of the streets," said Joe Rosenlund, streets and traffic operations manager.
Crack sealing is something drivers around town see pretty often.
Rosenlund says crews rotate through 26 maintenance zones in the city, filling cracks in two or three zones per year.
He says it's a good step in taking care of the roads, but without more resources, crews just aren't able to fill them all, as often as they should.