In theory, a mild winter means a lot less snow plowing, salting and shoveling — which is certainly good news for City crews.
However, there’s a cost that comes with temperatures that bounce around the freezing mark — a rash of extra potholes and water line breaks — and that’s bad news.
This has been one of those winters — kind to the snow budget, but a “perfect storm” for water line breaks and potholes in the street.
Unfortunately we’ve had our fair share of both.
City crews are working hard to keep up but the conditions are working against them, particularly for potholes which can double in size and quantity over night if there’s a hard enough freeze following all this rain.
Regrettably, the best we can do at this time of year is back-fill the holes with temporary cold patch material and hope it holds us over until the hot mix asphalt season returns.
We recognize the safety concerns and the potential damage from hitting potholes, which is why we’ll keep working until we catch up, or winter returns and sends the crews back into the plow trucks like the good old days of 2014.