Potholes from hell

UPDATE: 8:52 a.m.

The City of Kelowna wants your help to identify potholes around the city.

Stephen Bryans, Roadway Operations Supervisor with the city, says "Due to recent freeze-thaw patterns, potholes are starting to pop up across the City. Road maintenance crews are working to fix problem areas."
Residents can help to identify potholes along roadways by using the Online Service Request System.
Bryans says the "changing weather from season to season leads to the formation of potholes, which is why they tend to be more prominent in the winter and spring when the weather fluctuates."
If you're a commuter and you want to report potholes or other issues on provincially owned highways (Highway 97 and 33), visit DriveBC and select the “Report a Highway Problem” option on the left-hand side.

ORIGINAL: 5 a.m.

This year could go down as the year of the pothole in Kelowna.

Hundreds, if not thousands of those pesky asphalt holes have been popping up all winter on city roadways.

Speak with Steve Bryans, the man at the city works yard in charge of filling them, and he'd prefer to talk about anything but.

"I don't want to talk about potholes," Bryans jokingly stated when contacted by Castanet about the growing problem.

"But, it's really bad this year."

Bad enough that the city's two Porta-Patch machines are working double time.

"We have two shifts on. Those porta-patchers are running from 7 a.m. until midnight right now."

The machines reuse old, or unused asphalt, allowing the city to make repairs year round. Other communities can only make quick repairs because asphalt plants shut down for the winter.

Bryans said just one shift was able to repair more than 2,000 potholes in 2017.

Over the first three months alone, one shift was able to repair nearly 1,000 holes.

He says the city is getting to as many potholes as it can physically repair each day.

"They're there. You don't have to look very far. Just drive down the highway."

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