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Rain expected to help reveal more potholes

'Please be patient and drive carefully in the spring'
Pothole on Algonquin
File photo.

Today’s anticipated rain is causing flooding concerns in the region.

However, the melt will also reveal the damage this crazy winter has done to our area roads.  

Mayor Al McDonald went to social media to remind residents that potholes are here.  

“I thought I would get an early start this year on potholes,” he stated via social media this morning.  

“While today our crews are concerned about flooding, our roads will be getting a lot of attention from drivers. I drove up O'Brien this morning and saw 1st hand the weather damage. Potholes are a fact of life unfortunately in the north.” 

McDonald reminds residents that city crews can only use a temporary cold filler compound until the asphalt plants open after the long weekend in May.

“Please be patient and drive carefully in the spring,” said McDonald.  

“Our crews will fill in over 5000 holes in the spring and we have only so many staff.”

However, Chris Mayne, City of North Bay Chair of Infrastructure and Operations, says within a week the city will be using reheated and recycled asphalt.

"Recycled asphalt does bind better and lasts longer than the cold mix," said Mayne.   

To report nasty potholes in your neighbourhood, you can call the public works line, which is open 24 hours a day, at (705) 474-4340.

Mayne says crews will get to those calls within two to four days.  


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