The snow melt brings a busy time of year for our crews. With temperatures changing from warm during the day to cooler at night, a variety of activities are ongoing to ensure street maintenance and flood preparation work is done.
Potholes are starting to appear on city streets because of the temperature changes.
Crews are working to repair those potholes as quick as possible. A cold mix compound is being used that works best in cold, wet conditions.
These patches are only temporary until hot asphalt can be used, typically in the beginning of May.
Frozen Catch basins
The spring melt can cause water to pool in streets and back lanes. This is because a nearby catch basin is blocked by ice.
When that happens, crews will use a steaming machine to thaw the ice and allow for the water to properly drain. The process only takes a few minutes.
Crews are also working to improve drainage along the ditches in Winnipeg.
Heavy machinery is being used to clear snow and ice from the ditches with steaming crews used to melt the ice in the culverts. This helps prevent overland flooding on properties.
Sanding and Salting Streets
The fluctuating temperature also has crews working to improve traction on the roadways.
When the temperature is below -7°C, sand is used on the streets. If is warmer than -7°C, crews apply salt instead.
Sandbags will be available to residents who may be expecting or experiencing overland flooding beginning April 10, 2023 at 960 Thomas Ave. from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents should bring ID showing they live in Winnipeg.
Originally posted March 25, 2019