The City of Greater Sudbury’s new Python 500 pothole filler has begun operations filling the city’s potholes
Greater Sudbury staff have begun commissioning a new Python 5000 pothole filler machine.
In one video posted on YouTube, the city shows how the machine works. A member of staff alone in the cab of the machine drives to a pothole, throws debris in the air, drops asphalt into the hole, spreads it and compresses it to the machine controls help.
The manufacturer announces that the machines do three times more work than a team would do in the same amount of time. It requires one staff member whereas a traditional pothole patching operation requires three to five staff and several pieces of equipment.
“It’s no secret that for many residents, repairing potholes and maintaining roads is a top priority,” Mayor Brian Bigger said in a press release issued by the city. . “The City Council is committed to investing in technology that creates a more efficient way to deliver important services. I am very excited to see the results.
The Python 5000 can be used in winter on class 1-3 roads (major arterials or minor collector roads) as they are maintained down to bare pavement. It will use both cold mix and recycled mix now that the hot mix and hot mix plants are closed for the winter season.
In the summer, the machine will focus on four-lane roads, as this will eliminate the need for additional personnel to carry out traffic control tasks.
“We are always testing new ways to provide more efficient service to the community,” the city’s general manager of growth and infrastructure, Tony Cecutti, said in a statement. “Python 5000 is a valuable service enhancement and I can’t wait to see how it performs in the months to come.”
The city council approved a tender of about $555,000 for the machine on September 14. It arrived on November 21, several months earlier than originally planned, and staff have already been trained on the machine.
Potholes can be reported to the city by dialing 311. They can also be reported 24 hours a day online at 311.greatersudbury.ca or via live chat Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.