As the weather warms, provincial highway crews are starting to shift operations from snow clearing to repairing potholes.
“While we had a lot less snow this year, the frequent swings in temperature are very hard on our roads,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “We had cold snaps and snow throughout March. Once we have consistent dry and warm weather, crews will head out in full force to repair potholes across the province.”
Crews are currently performing temporary cold mix repairs. More permanent hot mix asphalt will be used when asphalt plants open up around the province in May.
Grading of gravel roads will also begin as conditions allow. During the spring thaw, gravel roads are often too soft to allow the necessary heavy, road-repair machinery. Once gravel roads dry out and firm up, they can be graded without risk of damaging their overall strength.
“We ask that drivers keep an eye on road conditions, slow down in rough areas, and avoid swerving into other lanes to avoid potholes,” said MacLellan.
Typically, potholes form as water freezes then thaws within cracks in the road. Nova Scotia’s climate makes the province’s roads particularly prone to potholes. The department has more than 400 staff focused on road repair and maintenance this time of year.
Motorists can help provide information on problem potholes by calling the province’s toll-free number, 1-888-432-3233 or by tweeting @NS_TIR.