Saskatchewan

Pothole season prompts warning to motorists

The City of Saskatoon is reminding motorists that pothole season has arrived and some hazards may be difficult to spot.

The City of Saskatoon is reminding motorists that pothole season has arrived and some hazards may be difficult to spot.

"The freeze-thaw cycle this time of year means that potholes are appearing on city streets," the city said in a news release Tuesday. "If they are full of water, it's impossible to tell how deep they are."

The city is asking drivers to slow down when they encounter a pothole or a pool of water.

Other hazards include sunken areas of roadway that were cut out and filled-in with a temporary patch during winter sewer or water line work.

"When pavement is cut for water or sewer repairs and permanent patching isn't possible, the temporary fill may settle at this time of year, causing holes on the roadway," the city explained.

Residents are encouraged to help the city locate potholes and settled pavement by reporting them to the public works department, at 306-975-2476.

"City crews will begin temporary pothole patching as the streets begin to dry from the snowmelt," the release added. "Some potholes will require repeated temporary patching until the street dries and permanent patching can be done."

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