Potholes, a hidden danger on B.C. highways
With all that snow pushed aside, our streets are finally starting to show, and it's not a pretty sight.
Pot-holes are everywhere. And if you are wondering why now, it's because of the melting snow.
"Generally it's water, moisture getting under the first layer of asphalt," said Murray Wightman of the City of Vancouver. In cold temperatures the water freezes.
But once it starts to thaw, it pops that top layer of asphalt.
Wightman says the recent snow flurries and fluctuating temperatures have created the perfect conditions for pot-holes.
They're popping up all over Metro Vancouver, and Vancouver Island, on main roads, residential neighborhoods, and bridges.
In the centre lane going north onto the Lions Gate Bridge, for example, there is a large pot-hole with jagged edges.
But conditions on the Oak Street Bridge are much worse. While driving across it, a CTV reporter found at least a dozen huge pot-holes on the bridge deck, ones that could cause a lot of damage to cars.
Dave Chapman, from the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA), says drivers need to think about pot-hole prevention.
"Tires, wheels, front suspension and alignment can all be affected by hitting a pot-hole,'' he said.
Chapman says drivers should keep an eye on the road
"If they see a pot-hole, try to avoid it, but don't do anything drastic,'' he said. "The worst thing you can do is hit the brakes and hit the pot-hole hard, which can cause more damage than not."
These holes will be filled in, eventually. Road crews still have snow clearing to do.
"I've got two trucks out there right now responding to calls about potholes,'' said Wightman.
For the time being, however, it's a losing battle. Our roads have gone to pot.
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With a report by CTV British Columbia's Shannon Paterson