WINNIPEG – Pothole season has come early to Winnipeg this year.
More and more craters are showing up on Winnipeg streets every day thanks to the unseasonably warm couple of weeks we’ve had in February.
Rudy’s Auto Service on Erin Street in the West End has seen all sorts of damage.
“Everything from destroyed tires because the belts shift in the tire when they hit the pothole that hard, wheels crack quite easily now-a-days because they make them thinner and lighter than they used to,” said Owner Rudy Epp. “Then of course, there is all the other damage to your steering components, shock absorbers, struts – it’s just endless.”
Potholes are caused by the fluctuation in temperature. During warm weather, the snow melts, causing water to seep into the cracks in the pavement. When the temperature drops, the water freezes and causes the sub base to expand. The pressure then causes the pavement to give way, forming a pothole.
Epp recommends drivers avoid the curb lane if possible as that’s where potholes are most likely to be hiding in puddles.
“We had a car a couple of years ago hit one big pothole and flatten both tires in the front and ruin both wheels. It was over $1,000 on one pothole,” Epp said.
The city says you can call 3-1-1 to report a pothole.
A spokesperson for the City of Winnipeg says they have received 227 calls for pothole service in the past two weeks.