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City readies to roll out pothole patcher

Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation workers patch potholes along Victoria Avenue last April.

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Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation workers patch potholes along Victoria Avenue last April.

As soon as milder conditions allow, the city is ready to roll out its new asphalt reclaimer for faster, more permanent pothole repair.

So far this year, city crews have been forced to use a winter mix, which fills the holes temporarily but doesn't last very long.

However, they say that they expect the new asphalt reclaimer machine will be up and running as soon as the gree-and-thaw of March makes way for milder conditions.

By using the asphalt reclaimer to create new, hot asphalt right at the pothole, the city's public works director, Ian Broome, says they hope that crews won't have to keep repairing the same problem potholes.

"The asphalt reclaimer essentially allows us to have access to ‘hot mix’ right at a pothole location which, in turn, allows for a better bond with the pavement and much less likelihood that traffic flow and the freeze and thaw cycle will open the hole again," Broome said. "Of course, areas where potholes are substantial may have to be fully repaired later in the season, but we anticipate that using a ‘hot mix’ will really cut down on the number of times that we have to go back and patch a pothole."

City crews first tested the asphalt reclaimer last year, before buying it last fall. Broome said that this will be the first spring pothole season for the machine, and asked for some patience from the public as their worked through the new process.

Problem potholes can be reported to city crews by filling out the "report an issue" form at brandon.ca, or by leaving a message at the city's 24-hour pothole line, 204-729-2200.

However, many city streets are technically highways that are maintained by the province. Potholes on those roads — including portions of Victoria and Richmond avenues, as well as First and 18th streets — should call 1-866-MANITOBA.

The city also does not fill potholes on the sloped approached to private driveways.

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