The City of North Bay Roads Department is acknowledging that potholes are bad in many areas and they want you to let them know where.
The message is to be vigilant while driving and take extra caution to avoid striking potholes, particularly holes with water in them as they could be deep.
The freeze-thaw cycles have made maintaining the roads challenging as we creep toward spring. These cycles cause a shifting in the ground that adversely affects repair efforts. The wet conditions make cold mix asphalt a nuisance to use and the hot mix asphalt recycling machine that the City purchased in 2015 is effective only on dry surfaces. Trying to use the hot mix from the machine, which recycles old asphalt, in a pothole full of water does not work either.
The Roads Department says that if the pothole can be sufficiently dried out and the mix is applied properly, the repair should hold for several months.
Given the current wet conditions, the hot mix machine will not function properly until the weather and roads dry up a bit. In the meantime, the Roads Department will be applying the cold mix to various rough areas. These repairs to arterial and collector roads are temporary until those sections are addressed as part of the resurfacing program this summer. Marshall Avenue East, one of the worst roads for potholes in the city will be resurfaced this summer.
Technically, the City has several days to act under the provincial minimum maintenance standards from the time a pothole is reported. Of course, they do not want damage to be done to vehicles in the meantime, so they advise to drive slowly and look out for new potholes as they develop quickly.
Help the Roads Department identify locations that require attention. To report a pothole, please contact the Public Works dispatcher at 705.474.4340. This service is available 24 hours a day.