St. John's mayor Dennis O'Keefe says he hears complaints about potholes "loud and clear", but he says there's not much city crews can do about them until the weather becomes more favourable.

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St. John's mayor Dennis O'Keefe says pothole repair will happen when the weather improves. (CBC)

O'Keefe said the recent stretch of freeze-and-thaw weather has made roads in the city ripe for potholes.

"It's impossible to put wet asphalt in a wet hole with the rain pouring down because it [the asphalt] is simply up and out within five minutes," said O'Keefe.

"But as soon as everything clears, our crews will be out in full swing, dealing with potholes as quickly as they can."

Until then, O'Keefe suggested that motorists slow down and take their time.