Repairing potholes is an important and affordable method of maintaining our roads. We encourage the public to report potholes to help keep roads safe.
Potholes are formed when water seeps into small cracks in the asphalt and freezes. The expansion of the ice in the crack causes the asphalt to crumble, and through repeated freeze thaw cycles a pot hole eventually forms. While Kamloops can generally boast about having a fairly mild winter climate, the constant variation of temperature above and below freezing results in the creation of potholes every winter and most predominantly in early spring.
To repair a pothole, crews will utilize various materials: a premixed bagged product, cold mix asphalt and recycled asphalt. Crews will remove the old asphalt, dry the area and fill the hole with new material. The area is then repacked.
A skid steer with a small asphalt milling attachment allows the City to do medium-sized repairs. We produce our own hot mix asphalt for these areas using an asphalt recycler which heats up old asphalt. Adding tar rejuvenates the material to a usable state again.
Unfortunately the repaired potholes are susceptible to the same freeze thaw cycle and at times require to be filled repeatedly until a more permanent repair can be scheduled in the spring. During these freeze thaw cycles events up to two City crews operate 24 hours a day, Monday to Friday, patrolling and filling potholes they find.
The City is always looking for better ways to alleviate the problem of pot holes that appear every spring. However, until a better system is found, motorists must be vigilant for the ever present pothole menace.
We encourage citizens to report potholes by phoning the Public Works Centre at 250-828-3461 or by using the MyKamloops mobile app.
*Potholes located on provincial highways are the responsibility of the Province.
Weather permitting, spring sweeping is scheduled to begin in late March to clean up winter sand and dirt. Sweeping can only take place when the temperatures are consistently above zero. Some areas may require multiple passes by the sweeper to ensure all debris are cleared.
Signage will be placed at least twenty-four hours before the area is scheduled to be swept. Signs may be up longer depending on weather and available sweepers. In the event the area has obstacles that prevent the sweepers from reaching the curb (such as waste bins), the sweeper may return at a later date.
Below are some useful tips to allow for a clean sweep of debris:
- Watch for signage to remove vehicles, basketball hoops or other items that may impede the street sweeper from cleaning debris from gutters.
- Sweep sand and debris from sidewalks and boulevards into the gutters.
- If street sweeping and waste pick up fall on the same day, residents can place waste bins at the end of driveways instead, as long as the waste bins are placed within reach of the collector trucks and there is sufficient space on either side of the bins. This will help to ensure a better quality street cleaning as sweepers will no longer need to maneuver around waste bins placed along curbs.
Part of the roadways system serving as the principal network for through traffic flow. The routes connect areas of principal traffic generation and important rural highways entering the city (e.g. Fortune Drive, Columbia Street, Summit Drive).
Part of the roadway system servicing traffic between major and local roadways (e.g. Dallas Drive, Springhill Drive, and Ord Road).
Roadways used primarily for direct access to residential, commercial, industrial or other abutting property (e.g. typical residential roads found in most neighbourhoods).