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This large pothole was spotted; on Jake Reid Road, Greenfield, Kings County
Spring means pothole-patching time in Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia’s minister of transportation and infrastructure is calling on members of the public to report problem potholes by calling the toll-free number, 1-888-432-3233.
Provincial crews are now filling potholes with a temporary patch called cold mix. Longer-lasting, hot-mix asphalt will soon be available as plants open up around the province.
"Work has already started, but keeping ahead of potholes is a big challenge this year in light of our severe winter," said DOTIR minister Geoff MacLellan in a media release.
"Drivers should slow down in rough areas and avoid swerving out of their lane to avoid potholes. Sudden moves like that can put lives in danger,” he added.
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The starting date for permanent patching depends on location and climate.
Hot mix is expected in some areas next week. It may be later in other areas where crews are still dealing with winter conditions.
"We have portable asphalt recyclers and hot boxes that are delivering smaller quantities of hot mix to problem areas," said Barb Baillie, the department’s executive director of maintenance and operations.
"In the meantime, we're doing battle with our temporary cold mix repairs and dealing with shoulder washouts and other winter-related issues around the province."