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Sudbury potholes: The worst is yet to come, official says

Spring has been slow to arrive this year, making for a smoother than usual start to the annual pothole season. But one Sudbury official says the late thaw could lead a longer, bumpier ride this year.
It's been a relatively smooth start to pothole season in Sudbury, thanks to the freezing temperatures that are sticking around. But Sudburians may be in for a long, bumpy ride this year. (Erik White/CBC)

Spring has been slow to arrive this year, making for a smoother than usual start to the annual pothole season. But one Sudbury official says the late thaw could lead a longer, bumpier ride this year.

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“That does mean the frost is really deep and it is going to take longer for the frost to come out of the ground,” said Tony Cecutti, general manager of infrastructure services.

“And there certainly is a correlation between depth of frost and difficult road conditions. So we are expecting a long pothole season, if we could call it that.”

City crews fill potholes all year round, but Cecutti said they will be stepping up efforts in the weeks to come.

“At this time it is not too bad but, as you can appreciate, it's been extremely cold and it's been staying cold,” Cecutti said.

“Potholes are usually associated with the freeze-thaw cycle. So we don't think we are into the worst of it yet.”

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