After changing temperatures, the number of potholes in Mission increased. Public Works is working to provide temporary repairs of the potholes until late spring. /Submitted Photo

After changing temperatures, the number of potholes in Mission increased. Public Works is working to provide temporary repairs of the potholes until late spring. /Submitted Photo

City of Mission makes repairs as potholes dent roads

Public Works provides temporary repairs until warmer weather

Weather fluctuations over the past few months have the new year off to a bumpy start. Potholes have formed throughout Mission due to the constant see-saw of temperatures from below-freezing to above-freezing.

City of Mission crews are working on temporary repairs until the weather warms up in the spring and summer.

“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 when there is warm, dry weather in late spring,” Mission Director of Engineering and Public Works Tracy Kyle said. “A typical cold patch winter repair could last between two weeks to six months.”

Kyle says pothole fillings occur as required and are prioritized based on safety. The majority of potholes are identified by city public works crews while attending to road maintenance issues and regular inspections. Some potholes are also reported by residents to public works.

“Once we are made aware of a pothole, we typically send a two-person crew out for repair within 24 hours,” Kyle said. “Some repairs may take less than 30 minutes while larger repairs may take several hours. The final, permanent repair is then scheduled for late spring and summer. “

According to the city, 553 potholes were repaired throughout Mission in 2021 with 2022 stats yet to be compiled.

Not all Mission roads are in the city’s jurisdiction. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is responsible for all highways, which includes the Murray Street overpass. Some residents may also have a Mission address, but their roads are maintained by the Fraser Valley Regional District.

Kyle says that frosty conditions have softened some of Mission’s roads, but they are in good condition in general.

Mission residents can report potholes to public works at 604-820-3761 or email pworksadmin@mission.ca. For pothole issues on highways, residents can contact the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure at 1-800-667-5122 and 778-704-0400 for areas falling within the Fraser Valley Regional District.


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