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City of Brandon Pothole Patrol 2016


March 8, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brandon, MB – Spring is in the air and potholes are certainly starting to make their appearance on Brandon roadways. In response to this year’s earlier-than-usual freeze-thaw cycle, the City of Brandon’s Streets and Roads Department already has two crews out daily to respond to problem potholes as they arise.

A temporary winter asphalt and tar mixture is currently being used until the Department can secure a commercial supply of hot mix asphalt later in the spring. The City also has access to limited quantities of hot mix asphalt using a unique piece of equipment called an asphalt reclaimer, which turns recycled material from summer roadway milling projects into a hot mix of asphalt.

Motorists can report problem potholes either by calling the City of Brandon’s 24-hour Pothole Hotline at 204-729-2200 or by submitting an online report on the City’s website by following this link: http://www.brandon.ca/report-an-issue.

The City of Brandon reminds its residents that a number of roads within City limits, including Victoria Avenue, Richmond Avenue, First Street, and 18th Street (including the bridges), are under the jurisdiction of the Province of Manitoba and, therefore, do not fall within the City of Brandon’s pothole patching program. Residents wishing to report a pothole or unsafe driving condition on a Provincial roadway can call 1-866-MANITOBA (1-866-626-4862).

Residents should also note that the City of Brandon’s pothole patching program does not apply to the aprons (sloped approaches) leading into private driveways.

Finally, the City of Brandon cautions all motorists that you should never swerve to avoid a pothole in your path! Drivers are advised to reduce their speed when approaching a pothole, but don’t brake when driving over the pothole as this can cause more damage.

More pothole navigation pointers can be found by visiting the Manitoba Public Insurance website’s pothole page here: http://www.mpi.mb.ca/en/Rd-Safety/Tips/60-Sec-Driver/Pages/Potholes.aspx.


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