It’s that time of year again — pothole season.
But rattled drivers can take heart that city crews have begun to fill the problem holes.
Potholes happen in the spring due to the season’s freeze-thaw cycles. During warmer weather, snow melts, which causes water to seep into cracks in the pavement. When temperatures drop below freezing, the water freezes and expands, which puts pressure on the pavement, pushing the pavement out of place and creating a pothole.
Generally, the city doesn’t gain access to a local asphalt supply until late May. Until then, potholes will be filled with a temporary "winter mix" substance.
Motorists can now report a pothole online through an easy-to-use web form on the City of Brandon website. Problem potholes can also be called into the city’s 24-hour Pothole Hotline at 204-729-2200. The line is monitored for issues to be addressed, but calls are not returned.
Many of Brandon’s biggest roads, including parts of Richmond Avenue, Victoria Avenue, First Street and all of 18th Street, are technically highways and are the responsibility of the province.
Residents wishing to report a pothole or unsafe driving condition on a provincial roadway can call 1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862).
The pothole patching program also doesn’t apply to the sloped approaches leading into private driveways.
Drivers should never swerve to avoid a pothole and should reduce their speed when approaching a pothole. But don’t brake when driving over the pothole, as this can cause more damage.
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