City of Red Deer roads employee Roy Mancuso works to fill a two lane wide depression in 55th Street on Tuesday. As winter comes to an end the City is working to fill the holes in the pavement that inevitably begin to form this time of year.

Potholes piling up across city

As ubiquitous as snow to the Prairie winter, the spring that follows brings forth that great menace to cars, trucks, and the sanity of drivers — potholes.

As ubiquitous as snow to the Prairie winter, the spring that follows brings forth that great menace to cars, trucks, and the sanity of drivers — potholes.

And though spring has not yet officially sprung, potholes are out in full force on the streets of Red Deer.

Freeze-thaw cycles lead to pothole creation, as moisture enters pavement cracks, then freezes and expands, putting pressure on the cracks and causing the surrounding asphalt to break away. Vehicle traffic over a small pothole can eventually create a behemoth, as the edges gradually break off.

This year projects to be particularly bad in terms of potholes for communities across Alberta, said Jim Chase, the city’s Public Works roads superintendent, as there has been a higher number of freeze-thaw cycles this winter. Locally, he said 55th Street has been identified as a particular trouble spot so far.

Though the city’s full-on pothole repair operation gets going in April with a dedicated crew, city workers have been out for the last few weeks working on the road hazards. They are also uncovering catch basins around the city to ensure water can drain off the roads and not spill into cracks.

While city workers about town report pothole sightings back to the Public Works Department, citizens are also encouraged to do so online and by phone. Chase said crews, who may fill in 100 potholes daily and up to 6,000 annually, are then generally able to have the reported pothole filled in within 48 hours.

But, he added that citizens should be patient.

“This time of year is a tough time for us with snow melt, flooding, and potholes appearing. It’s a challenging time for us and we do the best we can,” explained Chase.

One online poster to the city’s Twitter feed complained recently that a hit pothole will result in a $1,100 bill to repair damaged springs, while another likened the city’s major roads to a slalom course, with much swerving required to navigate them.

A 2012 Ipsos-Reid citizen satisfaction survey showed Red Deerians overwhelmingly choosing roads as the city’s most pressing infrastructure priority, and giving the city’s job of managing road conditions the lowest score among five categories.

To report a pothole visit www.seeclickfix.com or www.reddeer.ca/onlineservices/reportaproblem.htm, or contact the Public Works department at 403-342-8238.

mfish@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Red Deer woman one of three arrested by Sundre RCMP

The 19-year-old had numerous arrest warrants out of various jurisdictions

Businessman and volunteer named 2019 Citizen of the Year

John Donald’s parents and sister were each honoured previously

School leader named Red Deer Young Citizen of the Year

Leading by example at Hunting Hills High School

Suspects shot at pursuing police during crime spree

No police officers were injured in May 17 shooting

Mental health survey looks at children and youth in Red Deer

Parent and guardians experiences accessing services for children

B.C.’s fight to regulate bitumen through pipelines to go to Canada’s top court

BC Appeal Court judges found B.C. cannot restrict bitumen flow along Trans Mountain pipeline

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

Perhaps part of the problem is our phones are too mobile

It’s gotten so bad, they’re selling fake phones in Mexico. That’s right,… Continue reading

College Beat: Convocation celebrates success and future possibilities

On June 7, at our Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, we… Continue reading

Veer: Public safety is council’s top priority

The number one question that City Council continues to hear from our… Continue reading

Padres knock off Blue Jays 6-3

Padres 6, Blue Jays 3 TORONTO — Hunter Renfroe hit a tiebreaking… Continue reading

Scholarship named in honour of young Lacombe crash victim

Scholarship given to committed Grade 12 teen mentors in the community

Solution to save the middle class

Some friends and I were having a discussion about the ever-growing gap… Continue reading

O Canada: Hockey hotbed now produces tennis players, too

ROME — It’s typically Canadian that Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca… Continue reading

Most Read