Pothole repairs within the streets of Edmonton greater than doubled within the first two months of 2021 yr over yr

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City of Edmonton crews have been busy filling potholes on bumpy roads so far in 2021 as milder weather resulted in 14,305 repairs, a 95 percent increase over the same period last year.

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Eduardo Sosa, director of infrastructure maintenance for the city, said the increase could be attributed to freeze-thaw cycles during winter – as well as a more focused focus. Repairing potholes is prioritized by asphalt repair teams over other road defects such as utility cuts.

“The pothole season never ends in Edmonton and with the milder winter we were able to continue repairing potholes for most of the winter season,” Sosa said in a statement to Postmedia. “The main factors that contribute to the formation of potholes are the traffic load, the age of the road surface as well as condition and climate factors such as freeze-thaw cycles. As a result, potholes are more likely to form on older roads than on newer ones. “

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As a result of the proactive approach, according to Sosa, there have been only 408 pothole reports from residents to 311 so far this year, more than three times fewer than in the same period in 2020. Residents are asked to continue reporting potholes online or via 311. Crews plan to inspect high priority locations within 24 hours, with repairs to be completed in two days.

With the increase in the number of repaired potholes, claims against the city for reported damage have fallen to 21 this year, 10 less than in the same period in 2020. In 2018, fewer than 10 percent of the damage claims made against the city were accepted.

The city also advises caution on streets and sidewalks due to the recent freeze-thaw cycle.

Crews are working to tackle ice and buildup on streets and city-maintained walkways, including using graders to remove ice from gutters so water can flow as the temperature rises, the city said in a press release late Friday . Salt and sand spreaders are on the move to keep the roads safe and reduce the amount of ice.

Residents are asked to report ruts or unsafe conditions on service roads of the 311.

“Slippery sidewalks are dangerous for everyone. Property owners are asked to ensure that the sidewalks next to their property are safe and free of snow and ice. Please use sand / salt to improve traction. Free sand is available throughout the city in the City of Edmonton Street Maintenance Yards and in the community league halls. If a community sandbox is empty, please call 311, ”the city said in the notice.

Temperatures are expected to rise above 0 ° C on Monday.

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