Fluctuating temperatures has resulted in more potholes than normal across the region and a warning to drive cautiously
The County of Oxford has issued a warning to local residents about driving with caution following a tough winter that has resulted in more potholes and cracks in regional roads than normal.
The county is advising local residents “to drive with caution, keeping their attention on the road ahead for potholes and to avoid driving over them, when it is safe to do so.”
The biggest problem with potholes is that, as most drivers are aware, if you motor over them too quickly it can cause damage to your car, especially the steering component and the rims.
Several freeze-and-thaw cycles over the winter months has left a patchwork of potholes across the region, which are caused by fluctuating temperatures and moisture from rain and melting snow.
The county says public works crews are routinely monitoring road conditions to identify areas that need repairs and are working “as diligently as possible” to patch potholes on county roadways until warmer, dryer weather arrives, allowing for more permanent repairs.
During cold weather months, pockmarked roads are patched up with a cold winter mix, a temporary fix of soft asphalt poured into the holes.
The most permanent solution to the pothole problem is the application of a hot summer mix, which is designed to last for years but can only be applied during warm, dry weather.
The county says motorists, residents and business owners can help by reporting potholes by calling Oxford County at 519-539-9800 or submitting them online through Speak Up, Oxford at www.oxfordcounty.ca.
The county said load restrictions are also in effect on area roadways until April 30 to prevent additional pothole damage from heavy vehicles.