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City’s road crews hard at work before spring thaw

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 11:08 am

Potholes like these ones on East Lake Link can wreak havoc on a car's tires and alignement. Airdrie road crews have been hard at work to patch potholes throughout the city.
Potholes like these ones on East Lake Link can wreak havoc on a car's tires and alignement. Airdrie road crews have been hard at work to patch potholes throughout the city.
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The City’s roads crews have been out in force recently, patching and filling potholes to keep roads safe for Airdrie drivers and their vehicles.

This year has been a little tougher than usual, according to Airdrie roads Team Leader Mike Avramenko, thanks in large part to some harsh winter weather.

“We’ve noticed a few more potholes than we usually do around the city,” said Avramenko. “We had a lot of snow early in the winter and that’s what causes most of the problems, when the snow melts and gets into cracks then freezes and expands, it weakens the road and it starts to crumble.”

The majority of potholes and road issues are found on high-traffic roads in the city, such as Yankee Valley Boulevard and Veterans Boulevard, due not only to the volume of traffic, but the weight of vehicles and truck traffic, according to Avramenko.

The roads department treats repairs in much the same way they do snow clearing, and repairs are delegated on a priority basis with the more highly used roads getting first treatment.

Two coordinators from the roads department do a sweep of the city on a weekly basis to find where the problems are and delegate crews to fill the potholes.

When it comes to the work itself, filling potholes is very much a temporary fix during the colder months leading into the spring. Crews use a temporary mix of adhesive and asphalt binders that is pliable and can be compacted.

“The good thing about this temporary mix is that it is pliable and we are able to pave over it when the weather starts to get warmer and the roads are dry, so we don’t have to dig up the temporary fill and reseal it,” said Avramenko.

One aspect of the work done to fill dangerous potholes is to keep roads safe and prevent accidents; there is also the damage that can be done to vehicles when driving on less than desirable roads.

“The damage that potholes can do to your vehicle varies depending on the severity of the pothole,” said Brad James, service manager with Davis Chevrolet.

“You can do damage to your tires and wheels or even throw your vehicle’s alignment off, potholes are definitely not your car’s friend.”

Avramenko’s crews will be out on Airdrie’s streets in the weeks to come, working mostly at night when traffic volume is low, though they do work on less used roads during the day.

“I’d just like to advise our city’s motorist to keep their eyes open for our guys,” said Avramenko.

“They are out there and sometimes working in the middle of the road, so just please be aware of them when they’re working.”


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