Streets Tid Bits:

  • There is approximately 97 km of major arterial and collector asphalt roads with a life expectancy of about twenty years
  • There is approximately 161 km of local asphalt roads with a life expectancy of about fifty years
  • Service and utility trenches cut into the asphalt road may reduce the life expectancy of the road by as much as forty percent
  • The City has its own hot asphalt plant which produces one hundred percent recycle asphalt mix. Material used is from stock piled broken asphalt and road millings. It is then put through a crusher. Cyclogen, a rejuvenating agent, is the only additive to the recycle hot asphalt mix
  • There is approximately 475 km of concrete sidewalk, curb and gutter with a life expectancy of about eighty years
  • Boulevard trees, service and utility trenches may reduce the life expectancy of concrete sidewalks, curbs and driveways

Pothole Repairs

Once the cold weather has wrapped up, Public Works crews begin their program of sealing cracks (in order to prevent potholes) and repairing potholes. For 2018, the budget was increased to do larger patching as a preventative measure for potholes. The money has been put towards dedicated pothole repair crews and leasing a paving machine.

Below are a few ways City crews manage potholes:

Rapid Surveys: Crews are regularly driving the main roads looking for cracks and potholes for repair

Calls for Service: The City is usually able to respond to service calls from the public about potholes within 24 hours. The City tracks the number of service calls.

Condition Assessments: Every five years, City staff do does a condition assessment of the roads to determine priority roads for upgrading.