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It’s goodbye to potholes as jetpatcher debuts in Kenya

SCI & TECH
By | Jul 19th 2011 | 2 min read
By | July 19th 2011
SCI & TECH

By John Njiraini

The menace and inconvenience of potholes on Kenyans roads could finally be a thing of the past, following the introduction of a new machine that can fill potholes in ten minutes.

The Jetpatcher machine fills potholes on roads in the most efficient and affordable manner within a very short time, and without causing motorists needless hassles.

provide solutions

"The Government is doing a great job investing in the road system, but the bigger challenge lies on maintenance. The jetpatcher machine will provide solutions to Kenya’s pothole nightmare," said Ankeet Khimasia, the proprietor of Komarock Resources Limited, a regional representative of Jetpatcher of New Zealand.

A jetpatcher machine, which is mounted on a truck, uses high power velocity patching to clean and repair the potholes by blowing away loose debris or even water out of the pothole, and preparing it for an effective patch.

The machine then coats the pothole with an asphalt emulsion, which seals the pothole and prevents further damage from occurring due to moisture. More aggregate is added to stop the asphalt sticking to tyres while it dries.

Very durable

"The process is one smooth operation. A typical pothole is done is under ten minutes, and traffic can almost immediately drive over the pothole," said Khimasia.

He added the results is very durable because the technology uses high pressure, making the aggregate very compact and long lasting, as compared to manual patching that often wears out within days.

One Jetpatcher machine being operated by only two workers can fill up to 900 potholes per month.

The introduction of the machine in Kenya is bound to save motorists thousands of shillings spent on repairing vehicles after hitting potholes. The machine will also save the Ministry of Roads a staggering Sh3.3 billion annually spent on rehabilitating roads across the country.

In Africa, the machine is widely used in South Africa where it has been used to repair over 18,000 potholes.

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