The City of Kamloops road crews have a variety of responsibilities, year round, to maintain City roadways. These include:
- Arterial Roads
- Local Roads
Crews focus on repairs and maintenance including snow and ice control, street sweeping, line painting and pothole repair. Learn more about what this work involves, below, and how residents can help in improving the results of this work.
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 potholes eventually form after repeated freeze-thaw cycles. 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 more predominantly in early spring.
To repair a pothole, crews will utilize various materials—a pre-mixed, 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 repeated filling until a more permanent repair can be scheduled in the spring. During these freeze-thaw cycle 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 potholes 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 Civic Operations Centre at 250-828-3461 or by using the MyKamloops mobile app.
*Potholes located on provincial highways are the responsibility of the Province.
Motorists are reminded that driving over newly painted lines is an infraction under the Motor Vehicle Act and subject to a fine of $109. Please slow down, be patient, and use caution when approaching areas that are being painted.
Spring Line Painting
Annual spring line painting usually begins in April, weather depending and once street sweeping operations are near completion, and continues until approximately the end of June*.
* Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the spring line painting program is behind schedule in 2020.
Fall Line Painting
Fall line painting involves repainting all centrelines and skip lines and some crosswalks, which helps to alleviate the wear of lines throughout the winter. This generally takes about two weeks.
The City has recently switched over to thermoplast and two-part epoxy paints in certain areas to lower maintenance costs and lengthen durability. We are also using these products on new or rehab road projects, as they tend to work best when used in conjunction with new pavement.
Our painting program consists of layout, hand, and centreline work. Layout work includes street line spotting required by the staff to correctly apply traffic markings. Residents will see two methods used throughout the city: painted and Thermoplast. Painted marks are used as reference for staff, while Thermoplast marks are used in higher wear areas as reference and as a longer term guide for motorists. This work generally begins in March.
Hand work involves painting all markings other than centrelines and lane lines, such as crosswalks, stop bars, and pedestrian symbols. The work is completed using various stencils in conjunction with smaller, single-person painters. This work starts in April and is completed by the end of June.
Centreline work is all centrelines, skip lines, and lane lines throughout the city. A centreliner and a buffer truck are used for this application. This work is completed in four to five weeks, generally starting the beginning of May.
The City of Kamloops begins sweeping in early spring each year, weather permitting. Work typically begins in the valley bottom (Brocklehurst, North Kamloops and Westsyde) and then streets crews begin work upwards to the higher elevations.
During Spring sweeping, crews are on shift 24 hours per day using the City's four street sweepers. Residents should watch for signage in their area in advance of sweeping. See the map below for up-to-date information on where we've been and where we're headed next.
Crack sealing is a necessary pavement maintenance measure to ensure the long life of the pavement, and typically takes place in the spring after roads have been swept.
Arterial roads are the parts of the roadway system that serve 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)
Collector roads are the parts of the roadway system that service traffic between major and local roadways (e.g. Lethbridge Ave, Springhill Drive, Ord Road).
Local roads are roadways that are primarily used for direct access to residential, commercial, industrial, or other abutting property (e.g. typical residential roads found in most neighbourhoods).