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A vehicle attempts to avoid a large pothole in the parking lot at the Chedoke stairs off Upper Paradise

City crews on pothole patrol

Mountain yard  to churn out more than 50 tons of remade asphalt

 By Mark Newman, News Staff 

Take some unseasonably cold temperatures.

Add a few days of rain and mild conditions.

Through it all include a constant supply of heavy traffic.

The result is potholes and broken road cuts and plenty of them.

Mike Christian, the city’s acting road superintendent, said as many as 16 crews have been out since Saturday morning shoveling hot, remanufactured asphalt into thousands of potholes and road cuts on the Mountain and across the city.

He noted there were some particularly bad spots earlier this week on Scenic Drive,Crockett Street and on Stone Church Road between Upper Wentworth and Upper Wellington.

“In the urban areas it’s pretty bad,” Christian said. “The rural areas aren’t too bad.”

Christian said their goal was to fix the problems on the main roads by Tuesday afternoon and then focus their attention on potholes on the residential streets.

He advises residents to call 522-CITY to report pothole problems in their area and to provide as much information as possible including which city ward the problem is located in.

Each reported pothole will be assigned to one of the crews that are working 12-hour shifts.

With the asphalt making companies closed for the winter, Christian noted they are making their own remanufactured hot fill from a large stockpile of groundings and asphalt chunks at the public works yard onRymal Road.

He figures more than 50 tons of remade asphalt will roll out of the yard this week.

“This is as bad as we’ve seen it for a winter,” Christian said.

 

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