Potholes, Sweeping and Line Marking Update
Prince George, B.C. – The Roads Division of the City of Prince George has provided an update on road maintenance projects in the City and the good news is, there have been far fewer potholes to be repaired.
Fewer free-thaw cycles over the winter, combined with improvements to many roads in the City, have resulted in a 69% reduction in potholes in need of repair in the early part of 2017. Between January 1st and March 21st of this year compared to the same period in 2016.
There were 1530 potholes repaired during that period in 2017, compared to 4,981 repaired in the same period a year ago.
As for street sweeping, crews have been able to get an early jump on removing the near 15 to 20 thousand tonnes of traction material that is spread on P.G. roads and sidewalks during the winter.
Typically, sweeping operations begin in early to mid-April. For 2017, sweeping operations began the week of January 16th. Mild weather allowed for bulk pickup in the downtown and major arterial roadways. It is expected all sweeping work will be complete by the end of May.
The annual roadway line painting program will see 595 pedestrian crossings, 463 stop bars and 609 directional arrows painted. That’s in addition to the normal lane markings for 459 kilometers of roadway. It is no secret that the paint being used just doesn’t last as long as the paint that used to be used, but, Federal regulations prohibit the use of roadway marking paints that have higher levels of volatile organic compounds. The City did try applying a second coat of paint late in the season to a test area to see if it would extend the life of the paint, but the result was not positive. There was also a test using cold plastic. As of March of this year, it appears cold plastic markings located directly in the wheel path of traffic have worn away substantially. Markings outside of the wheel path have not been affected. The cold plastic markings have a one year warranty and worn markings will be replaced by the contractor this line marking season.
Yellowhead Pavement Markings Inc will be doing the line painting this year, having been granted a one year option on the contract they took over in 2015 following a bad experience with another company. It is expected the line painting will start in mid May and be complete by the end of June.