Pothole repair and maintenance is a 24/7 effort, Mainroad says

Mainroad understands drivers' frustration when it comes to potholes.

That’s according to an email received by the Optimist from the company that performs road maintenance in the George Massey Tunnel.

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“Pothole repair and maintenance is a 24/7 effort - Mainroad crews aim to complete the bulk of this work during off peak traffic periods however depending on where the pothole is located, it may need to be filled during busy traffic hours,” the email reads.

Potholes have been a pain for drivers travelling through the tunnel. AM730 Traffic tweeted this morning that a significant pothole had forced lot of cars to the right shoulder of the highway at the south end of the tunnel.

 

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Massey Tunnel pothole damage forced this car off the road for repairs Friday morning. - photo by Matt Blair/Delta Optimist

 

The email from Mainroad explained the best time to fill potholes is when the weather is warm and dry.

“But when a pothole poses a safety issue, we can’t wait for ideal weather or off-peak traffic periods. Cold and wet conditions combined with high traffic volumes can often result in a pothole needing a repair again shortly after it was filled and sometimes that could be as often as three to four times daily.”

A more permanent fix can be made once the weather improves but in the meantime, “we’re chasing weather and windows of time to complete repairs as quickly and safely as possible.”

You can report potholes to Mainroad’s 24 hour hotline at 604-271-0337.

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