City crews use warm November to fill 5,000 potholes
Warm weather was the story for most of November in Calgary, and our winter crews made amazing progress on pothole work. In fact, crews filled nearly 5,000 potholes in the month of November – a record number for the month. While we continue monitoring the weather for the next big snowfall, our crews have taken advantage of milder weather to focus on duties that may not be easy to complete when the thermometer drops in the winter months.
“The temperature range in November has been beneficial as we’ve been able to put a lot of focus on pothole repairs,” says Chris Hewitt, Manager of Maintenance Operations, Mobility.
“Because we have 24/7 coverage for the snow during these months, we’ve been able to get crews and equipment out at different times of the day. While we would typically be dealing with the snow at this time of the season, the warm weather has allowed us to run additional pothole repair crews. It is especially helpful overnight when traffic disruptions can be kept to a minimum.”
As of the end of November, The City is reporting 2023 as one of the most productive years ever in terms of pothole repairs. More than 31,000 potholes have been repaired since the beginning of the year through the end of November, and if weather continues to stay warm this number could climb higher in December.
Pothole work is prioritized based on several factors including daily traffic volume, safety impacts, and available resources. While many of the pothole locations are identified by our staff, we are grateful to Calgarians for helping us to spot potholes and report them.
We will continue to respond to potholes year-round, weather permitting, and make repairs to preserve and extend the service life of Calgary’s streets.
Note: Deerfoot Trail and Stoney Trail/ Tsuut’ina Trail (Calgary’s Ring Road) are the responsibility of the provincial government.