Rehabilitation and research the key to smoother roads ahead
As the City of Edmonton's roadway crews fill potholes, researchers are studying the impact of freeze/thaw cycles on asphalt and looking for ways to make paving materials more resilient to widely-varying temperatures.
"We filled 26,200 potholes in January and February, many of which appeared following the very early arrival of spring-like temperatures in Edmonton," says Bob Dunford, Director of Roadway Maintenance. "That's up slightly from the first few months last year, but it's still early to say whether this will be a particularly challenging season or if they're just showing up earlier than usual because of the warm weather. We have had approximately 30 freeze/thaw cycles since the year began, and that definitely contributed to what drivers are seeing on the roads right now."
In the meantime, the City greatly appreciates the assistance of citizens in identifying problem areas. "Crews in each district search out and repair potholes during the course of their day, but we can't find them all," says Dunford. "Edmontonians can call 311, use the 311 Smarthphone app or go online to www.edmonton.ca/potholes to report locations that are causing issues for motorists, and we will address them on a priority basis, with severe damage in high traffic areas receiving attention from crews first."
The budget for pothole repair is $5.9 million for 2015, and $55 million has been allotted under the Arterial Rehabilitation Program.