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Weather warm enough for better pothole patching

City of Brandon employees Ian Wilcox, Scott Shoemaker and Chad Woods work to fill potholes along Rosser Avenue with a spring-time cold asphalt mix on Thursday afternoon.

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City of Brandon employees Ian Wilcox, Scott Shoemaker and Chad Woods work to fill potholes along Rosser Avenue with a spring-time cold asphalt mix on Thursday afternoon. (BRUCE BUMSTEAD/BRANDON SUN)

City crews are now able to break out their asphalt reclaimer to make better patches on potholes.

The reclaimer, which allows for old asphalt and shingles to be melted down into a "hot mix" asphalt that forms a better bond than the winter mix they would otherwise be using.

When at full capacity, the city says that the machine should be able to eliminate their use of winter mix, and also should minimize their reliance on commerical ashpalt for repair jobs.

Anyone who wants to report a problem pothole can either click on the "Report an Issue to Public Works" link at the city's website, brandon.ca or they can leave a message on the city's Pothole Hotline at 204-729-2200. Those messages are added to the city's tracking system, but calls are not returned.

However, some of the city's main arteries, including some or all of Victoria Avenu, Richmond Avenue, First Street and 18th Street, are actually provincial highways, and potholes on the should be reported to the province at 1-866-MANITOBA.

City crews are also working to clear catch basins of winter debris, and are also beginning downtown street sweeping efforts when time and weather permits. 

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