News release

Fixing Persistent Potholes

Warmer weather means it is time for provincial highway crews to turn their attention from snow clearing to the other big concern for motorists this time of year – potholes.

The public can help by calling in problem potholes to the toll-free number, 1-888-432-3233. That number connects callers to the nearest Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal base.

Provincial crews are now filling potholes with a temporary patch called cold mix. Longer-lasting hot-mix asphalt will soon be available as plants open up around the province.

"Work has already started, but keeping ahead of potholes is a big challenge this year in light of our severe winter," said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.
"Drivers should slow down in rough areas and avoid swerving out of their lane to avoid potholes. Sudden moves like that can put lives in danger."

The starting date for permanent patching depends on location and climate. Hot mix is expected in some areas next week. It may be later in other areas where crews are still dealing with winter conditions.

"We have portable asphalt recyclers and hot boxes that are delivering smaller quantities of hot mix to problem areas," said Barb Baillie, executive director of maintenance and operations, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

"In the meantime, we're doing battle with our temporary cold mix repairs and dealing with shoulder washouts and other winter-related issues around the province."

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Warmer weather means it is time for provincial highway crews to turn their attention from snow clearing to the other big concern for motorists this time of year – potholes.

The public can point out problem potholes by calling toll- free, 1-888-432-3233. That number connects callers to the nearest Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal base.

Provincial crews are now filling potholes with a temporary patch called cold mix. Longer-lasting hot-mix asphalt will soon be available as plants open up around the province.

Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, says drivers should slow down in rough areas and construction areas, and avoid swerving out of their lane to avoid potholes.

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