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City tackles pothole repairs

How do you stop people from complaining about potholes? Fix them.

It’s that easy, according to the city.

Increasing the road rehabilitation budget over the past few years has significantly reduced both the number of potholes on city streets and the number of requests from residents from residents to fix potholes, according to data released by the city.

Since city council first increased the road rehabilitation budget from $3.5 million per year in 2011 to more than $5 million in 2012, the number of potholes crews have to patch each year has fallen by almost 70 per cent from a high of 22,000 in 2012 to fewer than 7,000 last year. The number of pothole-related complaints received by the city has also seen a reduction from nearly 2,000 in 2012 to about 900 in 2018.

Spot a pothole? Submit a service request.

Crews with the City of Prince George patch potholes all year long, but patching begins in earnest with the first big melt of the year (currently underway). Residents can assist crews in their efforts to keep roads as smooth and pothole-free as possible by contacting the Service Centre:

  • Dial 311 within City limits.
  • Outside City limits, call 250-561-7600.
  • Email
  • Visit the Service Centre at 1100 Patricia Blvd.
  • Submit a service request on the City website.
  • Submit a service request via the City app.

Crews are again using an asphalt recycler to patch potholes before paving season officially begins later in the spring. The recycler can produce up to 10 tonnes of “hot mix” asphalt per hour during the colder months of the year when the less preferable “cold mix” asphalt must typically be used.

Caution encouraged

Motorists are encouraged to exercise extra caution while driving as the snow melts during “pothole season.” Puddles of meltwater and ponding on the roads often hide potholes that can result in vehicle damage and personal injury if hit at a high rate of speed.

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