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Pothole patching a daily job in Peru

Posted by wlpo on February 28, 2011

There are more potholes than people to fill them in Peru, but that isn’t stopping city streets crews from continuing to patch.

Public Works Superintendent Gary Bleck says they patch everyday but with workers out for medical reasons and the number of potholes too numerous, they’re trying to keep up.

One stretch of road that’s been patched and re-patched is Route 6 near the Ptak Funeral Home.

When asked Monday night if they could cut out an area and lay new asphalt in that area, engineer Roger Chamlin said it wouldn’t be worth the money.  He suggested they continue to press IDOT and state lawmakers to resurface Route 6 through La Salle and Peru sooner than scheduled.

La Salle and Peru officials have been sending letters and reminding lawmakers about the deteriorating condition of Route 6, but the state has said it would not be repairing the road for a few more years.

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