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Blame the weather for hundreds of potholes in Kamloops this year

June 13, 2017 - 6:30 PM

KAMLOOPS – The number of reported potholes in the city has nearly doubled this year and the weather is to blame.

Jen Fretz said in council chambers today that City of Kamloops staff fielded 380 calls for potholes this year compared to 168 in 2016 and 177 in 2015.

"It's been a challenging year, to say the least," Fretz says.

The freeze, thaw and harsh weather this year took a toll on the local roadways and City staff are seeing a clear decline in the quality of the roads, according to Fretz.

The roads have deteriorated so badly that in some cases, crews have had to cut out large areas of the failed road.

"That's caused us to be more hands-on for road repair this year," Fretz says.

They weren't asking for additional resources, but said they are assessing the quality of the asphalt of local roads. Fretz says she expects they will see a decline in road quality when the assessment is complete.

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