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