Crews smooth drivers’ bumpy rides

Tyler Clarke
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A line of civic workers spread hot mix asphalt over a section of Marquis Road west of Second Avenue West on Thursday -- crews’ second day out with the hot mix. 

Between street sweeping, patching and asphalt paving, civic crews officially entered road repair season this week.


A special treat to residential property owners will be a faster than usual street-sweeping schedule, city roadways manager Brent Kennedy said.

“I think we should be through residential in three weeks,” he said, noting that this year’s effort will see an extra shift tacked onto the street sweeping program.

In past years, one shift tackled the city-wide street sweeping effort. A shift in staffing has allotted the city an additional shift, which should shorten the time it takes to do the city by about three weeks.

“We’re putting in the same man hours and equipment hours as we would before, only it’s done at a quick pace,” Kennedy said, noting that the added shift does not come at any additional cost to taxpayers.

An arterial street crew will work from 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by a residential crew that will work until 10 p.m.

Civic crews have been working on potholes for about eight weeks using a cold mix asphalt solution -- a temporary means of patching holes until weather warmed enough to allow them the use of a hot mix asphalt solution.

On Wednesday, the more permanent hot mix asphalt was made available.

Anticipating an average pothole season of about 3,000 holes filled, Kennedy said that three crews will be diligently filling holes with hot mix throughout the year.

The city’s annual $4 million asphalt paving program will continue this year, beginning with holdovers from last year’s program, Kennedy said.

Although the full list of roads included in this year’s program will not be released until next week, Kennedy said that crews have already milled Branion Drive for a holdover paving initiative from last year.

Branion Drive is slated for re-paving from 22nd Street East to Holmes Road -- an effort that includes the cul-de-sac of Barsky Place.

Key to everything is the public’s compliance with “no parking” signs, Kennedy said.

“We’ll be signed 12 hours ahead, so move your vehicles,” he encouraged.

“We have bylaw for that. They could be ticketed and towed if they’re not moved … People want the front of their houses cleaned, so it makes it a lot easier for everybody.”

Geographic location: 22nd Street East, Holmes Road

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