Montgomery County road crews are experimenting with Thump Pads, made by Cleveland-based company YeuPatch.
“It’s basically a quick repair for potholes that can be put down quickly,” said Montgomery County Engineer Paul Gruner, “it’s something new and we don’t have a lot of experience with yet, but we are trying it out and it may work in certain circumstances for us.”
Thump Pads are a reusable thick plastic pouch with multiple chambers containing a durable, heavy, filling. They come in small and large versions, cost about $100 dollars and last for up to six months, according to YeuPatch.
Road crews used four of them to fill a large pothole on Philadelphia Drive.
Highway worker James Elworth drove over the Thump Pad-filled pothole in a county truck and said it was a little rough, but reduced the impact by about half.
“Nothing is going to be better than asphalt or bagged asphalt, but in the case of an emergency if you didn’t have anything else I’d say that would help keep from tearing somebody’s car up,” said Elworth.
Gruner said the Thump Pads need further testing before they will be considered for widespread use.