COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- Coeur d’Alene Street Superintendant Tim Martin has a secret weapon in the war on potholes.
It’s called cold mix, and it is a mixture of asphalt, rock, sand, oil, and diesel.
The mixture works like a giant Band-Aid on a pothole during the cold months. Road crews use it as a quick fix, and there is not guarantee it will last the entire winter.
One of the problems with the cold mix is it can be affected by the freeze-thaw, rains, and street plowing.
When the warmer months hit, crews go back out, cut the cold pack and put in permanent asphalt.
The City of Coeur d’Alene has used the mix for 16 years.
Street Superintendent Tim Martin said he would like to see a better project come out eventually. He said the City spends about $2,000 on the mix each year.