April 23, 2014 12:08 pm

Saskatoon’s pothole blitz dampened after long weekend wet weather

Last week’s wet weather in Saskatoon has put a damper on the city’s spring pothole blitz.

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SASKATOON – The blast of wet weather over the long weekend in Saskatoon has temporarily dampened the city’s spring pothole blitz.

The blitz, which started on April 14, aims to fill potholes on high-traffic streets. Snow and rain, along with cooler temperatures, littered those streets with new holes.

Crews had to stop the blitz on secondary streets, scheduled to start this week, to refocus on priority one and two streets.

Inspectors are also out checking for new potholes and identifying emergency locations on all streets.

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The city says drivers are reporting potholes online, but not all will be filled. Those missed during the blitz will be taken care of once the blitz ends or in conjunction with the residential street sweeping program.

Another problem showing up is utility cuts, caused by underground utility work that required excavation. Those have a temporary gravel and/or recycled asphalt cover and will be paved once the ground frost is gone.

The weather also forced the city to stop with the street sweeping blitz on high-traffic streets and business improvement districts, which started on April 14.

City officials said schedules are being adjusted frequently due to changing circumstances, notably the weather.

The accelerated residential street sweeping program is scheduled to start on May 5.

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