VIDEO: Kentville's pothole 'attack'

Kirk Starratt
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Kings County's Park Street, Aylesford Road on CAA's Worst Road top 10

Kentville’s mayor says the town has a plan to address its pothole problem. This is probably good news to many motorists, as Park Street was ranked first in a CAA rating of Atlantic Canada’s worst roads as of 1:30 p.m. April 3. Aylesford Road was in fourth spot. 

There is a proliferation of potholes throughout town and across Kings County.

Mayor Dave Corkum said the town is doing everything it can to help, but dry, warm weather is needed in order to “attack” potholes. During a few decent days recently, public works crews were able to fill and patch some of the holes. Corkum said he thought they did a “fabulous” job. However, the freezing and thawing cycles persisted.

“It’s certainly one of the worst years we can ever remember,” Corkum said, pointing out that it’s “going to cost us a lot of money.”

He said the town plans to move forward and fix the streets the best they can as soon as possible. Similar to snow removal, the town budgets for street repairs using a five-year average.

Corkum said that, like many other residents, he has experienced vehicle damage due to the potholes.

“We certainly have plans for the main arteries to get to them first as a priority, and after that, we’ll deal with the side streets,” he said.

All damaged streets might not be fixed by Apple Blossom time, he said, but “Kentville is always a showcase for the Apple Blossom Festival and it will not be any different this year.”


Organizations: CAA

Geographic location: Kings, Park Street, Aylesford Road Atlantic Canada

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Recent comments

  • Bob
    April 29, 2014 - 17:20

    I was in Kentville in FEBRUARY and potholes were ridiculous then. Looks like the town just ignored the potholes for months rather than deal with them with cold patch material. Sure it might not have lasted too long, but it would have helped and they could have done other applications to keep up with the problem. But to not even try until April? Even Rob Ford would not put up with that!

  • joker
    April 09, 2014 - 19:33

    everyone should drive the award winning street and experience Potholes at their finest... Also...the RCMP are stopping people that are driving in a straight line under suspicion of being intoxicated...swerving around the holes id OK

  • Jeffrey
    April 05, 2014 - 06:51

    Kentville, what a stink hole.

  • Steve Branston
    April 04, 2014 - 09:06

    The public works crews did a "fabulous job" give your head a shake Mayor Corkum. They did a horrible job!! Barley did anything and my car is all busted up because of this. So whats your big plan this year??? Wait till last min and do another "fabulous" patch job again before apple blossom rolls around? Cheap bastards.

  • linda leonard
    April 04, 2014 - 07:12

    Cold patch; 2 guys and shovels would have made a big difference to the worst spots until that "warm, dry" weather arrives. I have never seen Kentville roads in such a state.

  • Kelsey
    April 03, 2014 - 23:39

    I have to drive to Kentville everyday for school. I learned a long time ago to take Brooklyn Street or take the highway to New Minas. Also, I didn't think Aylesford road was so bad that it placed fourth

  • Keri-ann Perry
    April 03, 2014 - 20:37

    Jones road in new minas is just as bad as park street most motorists are afraid to pull in to walmart from that side road there so bad

  • Elayne Mott
    April 03, 2014 - 13:57

    Last Monday it was necessary for my husband to be at the Valley Regional...not being familiar with the town road...I think we took the roads from HELL...... we then went on to New Minas... If there were a contest to see which was worse, I would say that Kentville definitely won with thousands of pot holes that could not be avoided by any means but New Minas has the largest pot holes of the two communities....

    • Keri-ann Perry
      April 03, 2014 - 20:41

      I agree it seems jones road and cornwallis ave are probably just as bad the plows really did a number this year

  • Jo-Anne Cooper
    April 03, 2014 - 13:09

    the Forties Rd/Dalhousie Rd/Cherryfield Rd have always been the worst Rd in Nova Scotia.