Stay off the water, and watch out for the potholes

By Geoff Lee

March 15, 2016 10:52 AM

The City of Lloydminster is literally springing into action with safety advisories on outdoor rinks and ponds and road work alerts.

As a result of recent warm temperatures, the city advises all residents to stay clear of all retention lakes and ice surfaces.

“Given the warm weather experienced this week, we are taking the necessary steps to ensure residents remain safe and vigilant, exercising extreme caution around bodies of water which may appear to be frozen,” said Don Stang, director of Community Services.

Officials warn conditions, including ice thickness and increased water flow on retention lakes, can change rapidly in warmer weather.

Effective immediately, all local ice surfaces in the city have been closed for the season including the skating pond at Bud Miller All Season Park.
“We had a fantastic skating season throughout the city and we look forward to preparing our parks and pools for summer,”  said Stang.

City crews have begun to patch and repair potholes throughout the city.
This process follows the Priority Route sequence, with highways 16, 17 and College Drive being repaired first.

Drivers are reminded to proceed carefully through standing water, as potholes may be beneath the water. Drivers are also reminded to reduce their speed when passing road crews, which creates a safe work environment.

“As the weather continues to warm up, city crews will be cold-patching pot holes (cold patching is a quick repair process that doesn’t require any heavy rolling machines or special applicators; it can be shovelled or poured into a pothole and tamped down with a hand tool),” said Dave Henning, acting director of Public Works.

“Once roadways are completely dry, cleared of all winter traction materials and temperatures remain consistently above freezing, crews will commence the more permanent hot patch process.”

In addition to temporary pothole repairs, city crews continue to remove snow and ice from catch basins on arterial and residential routes.
Residents are encouraged to monitor snow melt on their property, which can lead to basement seepage or property drainage issues and to take appropriate actions if these conditions exist.

Residents are encouraged to report the location of potholes and frozen catch basins on city streets by using Report a Concern on the City website (www.lloydminster.ca) or by calling the Public Works Department at: 780-874-3700.

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