Pothole season comes early to Kings County roads

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Many roads in Kings County, including parts of Park Street in Kentville, are rutted with potholes, creating challenges for motorists.

By Nancy Kelly

nkelly@kingscountynews.ca

Less than one month into the winter, roads across Kings County are already taking a weather-related beating.

“It is a bad start to the season for potholes, and unfortunately they are a little early this year,” acknowledged Fred Whynot, Director of Engineering and Public Works for the Town of Kentville.

“The Towns of Wolfville and Berwick and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal are also experiencing the same issues with potholes,” added Whynot, who lays the blame for the rutted roads on several freeze/thaw cycles and temperatures which have hovered around zero. 

Kentville’s public works crews have been trying to keep up with the potholes by filling them in with Coldmix, an asphalt product used in several municipalities for “a quick fix between storms.” The town also has an asphalt recycling machine which can be used when the holes and surrounding pavement are dry and the temperature is not too cold. 

“The weather hasn't been too cooperative lately but when there are opportunities the crews will continue to take advantage of them,” furthered Whynot.

He advises drivers to be on the look out for road signage as town crews continue snow and ice control operations throughout the season. 

“And as with any winter driving, motorists are encouraged to slow down and not weave across the yellow lines."

 

Organizations: Public Works, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

Geographic location: Kings, Kentville, Wolfville

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  • Roland
    February 05, 2014 - 14:31

    I live and drive for a living in Kentville. This is NOT "Pothole season comes early...". This is something else. This is so off the charts unbelievably bad it is something other than normal pothole season come early. We need to recognize that fact and demand answers. So, in light of that here are a couple questions I have: 1) What type of brine was applied to Hwy #1, aka, Main St., Commercial St., etc. I witnessed in December at night a Department of highways truck applying a liquid brine on Commercial St. in New Minas, so I'm assuming the same brine was applied elsewhere on Hwy 1, and has it been ruled out as a possible cause. 2) What do the road engineers at the DOT think is causing the never-in-recent-memory condition of the roads.

  • Jody
    January 08, 2014 - 20:06

    Dont weave across the yellow line eh .... Slow down On park street i was going 30km COULD NOT dodge the massive holes and DIDNT go over the yellow line cause on oncoming traffic and damaged TWO rims on my car and broke a spring. Total damage was over $1000.00 WHO'S GOING TO PAY for these damages ? Town of Kentville patched some of the holes in the rough section but not others ?????? Why ???? When i contact them about damages they basically tell me tuff luck. I understand nature and temp. changes are not helping but at least Berwick and new minas are filling ALL holes when they appear. Town of Kentville start patching all holes on park street and not just a few random ones to make it LOOK like your doing something.

  • Tanya Sponagle
    January 08, 2014 - 16:53

    I think the horrible road conditions have very little to do with 'several freeze/thaw cycles' and much more to do with poor/shoddy materials and mixtures now being used to pave and repair roads. We're seeing roads literally falling apart that were paved from a whole new base up, in only three or four years. These roads should be lasting at least 10 to 15 years--someone is cutting back somewhere, yet we're just accepting it as the norm now. Hitting any pothole can be an expensive venture if it bends or ruins your tires & wheels, let alone causes alignment or wheel bearing damage. I think we're going to see a lot of suing in the future, as someone has to be accountable for the state of the roads.

    • Murrb
      January 09, 2014 - 08:02

      Tanya, you have nailed it!

  • GerryD
    January 08, 2014 - 15:31

    Our roads dept could liaise with the roads people in Vermont, Quebec, Upstate New York, as well as Massachussets. They have vey similar weather and varying degrees of better ashphalt on the roads. Kings County roads are a disgrace.