It's not your imagination, roads are worse this year

Aberdeen Drive just west of Highway 5A is in very poor condition after a series of freeze-thaw cycles this year.

KAMLOOPS — Unpredictable and inconsistent weather conditions are to blame for more water main breaks and 'worse than normal' potholes this year.

As of mid-January the pothole season was early but looking fairly normal, according to Assistant Streets Manager Dennis Luison.

Though Luison thought February might not see as many potholes a series of storms moving over the region during the last half of the month resulted in more snow, more ice and more freeze-thaw cycles.

Public works crews have been working around the clock clearing snow, knocking down windrows and filling potholes since early January (as weather permits for each) but this year crews have also had to deal with several water main breaks, most recently in Juniper.

The sudden temperature change on Sunday caused a water main break on the feeder main line servicing the Juniper area in the evening. The city notes the break had nothing to do with recent construction on Highland Drive and crews worked through the night to have water running again by the morning.

Crews have been using hot recycled asphalt or a cold mix to temporarily repair potholes and in early summer will go back to do permanent repairs. Because the temporary repairs are susceptible to the same freeze-thaw cycle they may need to be filled repeatedly over the spring.

The city is now asking residents to use caution while out driving and report potholes by phoning public works at 250-828-3461, filling out the online form or using the mykamloops app.

To contact a reporter for this story, email or call 250-819-3723.

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