Regina plans pothole blitz
The city of Regina says road repair crews will undertake a month-long pothole blitz, beginning Monday, to fix damaged roads in priority areas.
According to the city, road repair work is done all year long but crews use an asphalt mix in the winter season that only provides a temporary fix.
With the arrival of warmer weather, permanent road repairs using hot asphalt can begin.
Workers will start their first shift using hot asphalt on Monday, at 4 a.m. local time.
"The program will run for four weeks and will be concentrating efforts on high-priority areas like downtown and the arterial and collector road network," a news release from the city said. Albert Street and Broad Street, two major thoroughfares in the city, are included in the work.
"Once these locations are complete, crews will begin to address the potholes on all local roads throughout the city in a systematic fashion," the notice added. "Priority will be given to those of a hazardous nature and will continue for the rest of the construction season."
According to the city, Regina spends up to $1.4 million per year on its patching work and crews go through 8.5 million kilograms of asphalt.
The city figures that is enough to fix about 300,000 potholes, of average size. The city's calculation assumes a typical pothole was 10 centimetres deep and 20 centimetres in diameter.
Drivers were reminded to slow down in construction zones, to ensure the safety of themselves and crews working in the area.