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 ice ruts in some streets. However, no city-wide snow-clearing is currently scheduled.
When the city does begin to patch potholes, it says it 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 stabilizes 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 on March 25.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 12, 2014