City of Regina crews responsible for road maintenance are being kept on their toes this winter as the weather goes from cold to warm to back to cold again.
Norman Kyle, director of roadways and transportation for the city, said crews can switch from winter to spring maintenance depending on the weather.
“This week we’re back on a bit of a winter thing with the little bit of snow and ice and having to put a little bit of sand down to keep the roads safe,” Kyle explained, adding the city has other equipment available to fix potholes as need be.
Last month, the city took advantage of above zero temperatures by filling potholes on major streets, including on Lewvan Drive between Saskatchewan Drive and Dewdney Avenue.
Due to the type of material used, potholes can be repaired at any time of the year.
“So even if it’s -10 C, we can still go out and patch a pothole if it’s a safety hazard.”
Kyle added crews may not get to smaller potholes on residential roads but the larger potholes on major streets will be addressed.
If the road is covered in snow and ice, Kyle stated a pothole wouldn’t be fixed because the temporary fix won’t last.
As of late Friday morning, Environment Canada was calling for Regina to reach 9 C on Saturday. Kyle said salt and sand won’t be needed during weather like that, so crews would be able to focus their attention on potholes.