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City Increasing Tools, Manpower to Fight Potholes

March 12, 2010 10:52 AM | News

By Brian Schultz

If your vehicle has been taking a beating from the many large sections of disappearing concrete lately, the city says pothole patching efforts are being “ramped up” next week.

Surprisingly, there are fewer potholes this year than in 2009, according to the City of Winnipeg, but that doesn’t mean a softer approach will be taken. “Last year, Winnipeg experienced a greater than average number of potholes due to the large amount of freezing rain we received last February and colder than average springtime temperatures which resulted in numerous freeze/thaw cycles and potholes,” said Bruce McPhail, Manager of the Streets Maintenance Division.

On Friday, three pothole patching machines were added to the six hand-asphalting crews already at work. Crews will be out working all weekend, and next week, the number of patchers on the road will be increased to six.

Regional streets, bus routes and collector streets will be targeted for repair, as well as curb lanes, where water and run-off may accumulate.

Citizens can report pothole locations by contacting 311 or online at Winnipeg.ca by street address.