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Potholes to stay unpatched until at least next week

Brandon drivers will just have to put up with potholes until at least next week.

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Brandon drivers will just have to put up with potholes until at least next week.

City staff are still too busy hauling away a winter's backlog of snow to turn their attention to the emerging crop of potholes.

According to an update sent out by the city on Tuesday afternoon, Brandon's streets and roads department doesn't anticipate being able to tackle potholes until next week at the earliest.

Overnight crews are still busy picking up snow piles from medians and curbs, the city says, while other workers are cutting down ruts in problem streets. However, no city-wide snowclearing is currently scheduled.

When the city does begin to patch potholes, they say they will have to initially rely on a temporary winter mix, which isn't as durable as a permanent patch. Permanent asphalt patching can't be used until the weather stablizes enough for a hot mix to be used.

Concerned residents can report problem potholes through the city's 24-hour hotline, at 204-729-2200, or online at brandon.ca/departments/operations/report-an-issue. Phone calls are not returned.

The city also reminded residents that several of Brandon's main drags — including some portions of Victoria Avenue, First Street and Richmond Avenue — are technically highways that are under provincial jurisdiction.

Meanwhile, CAA Manitoba's annual "Worst Roads" contest is slated to get underway this year on March 25.

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