Manitoba lurches into pothole season with 300 claims so far

Manitoba Public Insurance said nearly 300 claims for pothole damage have been opened to date and it's urging motorists to drive to road conditions as the snow and ice shrink, revealing water-filled gaps in the pavement.

MPI says it typically receives about 1,000 claims for pothole damage

Deep potholes can be seen on St. James Street, near Ness Avenue in Winnipeg, just as CAA Manitoba launched its annual worst roads campaign in March of 2014. (CBC)

Manitoba Public Insurance said nearly 300 claims for pothole damage have been opened to date and it's urging motorists to drive to road conditions as the snow and ice shrink, revealing water-filled gaps in the pavement.

MPI said on average, about 1,000 pothole claims are opened every year. 

The public insurer is recommending drivers: 

  • Scan 10 to 12 seconds down the road in front of you, looking for potholes. If you are approaching one, don’t swerve suddenly as you may hit another vehicle.
  • Slow down as much as possible before the pothole.
  • Most potholes develop in the curb lane where water accumulates. This can hide potholes so be sure to approach all puddles with the same caution as you would a pothole.