June 25, 2014 11:38 am

Wet weather dampens road repairs in Saskatoon

Crews look to get back on track after wet weather delays road repairs, street sweeping in Saskatoon.

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SASKATOON – Officials with the City of Saskatoon said consistent weeks of rainfall are to blame for a number of roadwork delays.

Crews are 10 days behind where they expected to be on pothole patching in residential areas and eight days behind on the street sweeping program and the recent rain is contributing to the development of more potholes.

“The rain has made an impact. It’s put us behind, but it hasn’t stopped the program” said Pat Hyde, director of public works for the city.

“We’ve had cancellations and delays, postponements, but in terms of schedule, things are getting back on track and with a little help from Mother Nature we’ll be able to get caught up.”

Officials are warning drivers that roads covered with gravel where excavations took place can become especially bumpy in the “moist conditions.”

Crews are packing and levelling gravel covered spots on high-traffic streets until conditions are dry enough for permanent paving.

If possible, drivers are being asked to avoid gravel back lanes and rural roads where potholes have developed to prevent further damage.

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