Spring weather marks end of pothole season in Waterloo Region

It’s an early spring on the way for Waterloo Region this weekend, and road maintenance teams are also thankful for the beautiful weather.

According to CityNews Weather Specialist Denise Andreacchi, local temperatures are expected to reach heights of 12 C, even 15 C on Monday, and overnight temperatures will stick above the freezing point, with averages between 3 C and 5 C.

That is also good news for Scott Berry, manager of maintenance at the City of Kitchener, who said the above-freezing temperatures mean fewer potholes on the roads.

“We’ve had warm temperatures since early February now, so we’ve been able to spread the pain out a little longer, so to speak,” said Berry. “Our peak for potholes was actually early February, so now we’re caught up.”

Berry added that this time of year is usually the worst for potholes, as mild days and cold nights cause snow melt to seep into the roads and freeze, leading to potholes forming. Berry said his crews saw the worst of pothole season in early February this year.

Even though conditions are looking good, Berry says the busier roads inevitably require more maintenance.

“We’re seeing things like Ottawa, Fischer-Hallman, Victoria and Westmount – those types of very busy intersections and very busy roads do require a lot of our attention,” said Berry. “That’s where we do spend a lot of our time.”

If you do spot a pothole you think needs fixing on your warm weekend drive around town, you can call the city of Kitchener at (519)-731-2345 or online at kitchener.ca.

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