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350+ pothole reports received by City of Grande Prairie over last 12 months

The city’s transportation department is adamant that the staffing numbers and techniques used is more than adequate when it comes to keeping up with the ever changing number of potholes on municipal roads.

According to a report delivered to the Infrastructure & Economic Development Committee earlier this week, over the last 12 months, crews have received 352 service requests for pothole repair received through the municipality’s contact centre and website. Transportation Manager Robert Carroll says overall, staff have been kept steadily, but are keeping pace.

“95 per cent of the time, with the resources, repair techniques and equipment that we have is adequate to keep a lid on pot hole repair that goes on within the city,”

“That small amount of time we are running around trying to get ahead of things is that time of year I think [regardless] of what resources or procedeures we have in our arsenal, it’s still going to be stressful.”

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Carroll admits, however, that the annual final thaw does often stretch resources thin, but it is remains a fairly limited strain on the overall effort.

“Certainly much depends on time of year, when we are coming out of a rough winter, it can be overwhelming for staff to get a good handle on the situation,”

“When we put crews out 24 hours, sometimes seven days a week, we can get caught up pretty quick.”

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