LETHBRIDGE: After winter weather wreaked havoc on Lethbridge roads, the city is fighting to keep up with repairs.
City official Doug Hawkins says, quite simply, crews are outnumbered. "This is far exceeding what would typically be average," he told city council Monday of "hundreds" of potholes he knows need fixing. "It started last year in particular and has probably more than doubled across the community." Hawkins says longer, colder winters and wet springs are to blame for the rising number of expensive fill in treatments needed.
Meanwhile, city residents are sharing their frustration. Ald. Joe Mauro told council Monday he's been getting "a lot of complaints," and noticed some shortfalls himself. "I saw a grader doing work near city hall and later that same day the potholes were back," said Mauro. "It seems like we're spending a lot of money, but we're really not solving the issues." Hawkins says the city typically spends between $300,000 and $400,000 on repairs, but is set to exceed that budget this year.
Photo by Patrick Burles, Country 95 News: Potholes scar a Lethbridge city street.