The City of Regina’s snow clearing crews haven’t had much practice this winter, but they’re ready for the snow the city is expecting Tuesday night and on Wednesday.
Norman Kyle is the director of roadways and transportation for the city. He said they’ve had the crews on shift 24/7 and equipment ready to go all winter. While they wait, the crews go out to take care of other maintenance like cold-patching potholes.
“They’re still on shift, so if we need them we just pull them off those activities and it’s back to the plows and graders.”
Kyle said while they’ve been dealing with potholes during the winter, there could also be fewer to contend with this spring. Potholes happen when moisture makes its way into the pavement and then expands and contracts with the changing temperatures.
“With the lack of snow and moisture on the ground right now, we’re anticipating it’ll be a milder than usual pothole season come spring,” said Kyle.
Thanks to the head start on spring maintenance, Kyle said city crews might be able to turn their attention to other things when the weather gets nicer.
“My hope is that maybe we can get started on the construction work a little earlier to give us a bit of a cushion for if there’s rain or anything like that.”