Potholes are caused when moisture enters a crack in the pavement and then freezes and expands in cold temperatures. The expansion puts pressure on the crack, causing the asphalt to break away, resulting in a pothole. Vehicle traffic over the pothole can cause the edges to crumble, which increases the size.
Potholes are repaired based on the same priority system used for snow removal. The high traffic, arterial roadways will be repaired first, followed by school zones and bus routes, the Central Avenue business district and, finally, residential areas.
Each year, the City repairs 1,000 to 2,500 potholes. The number and severity of potholes changes from year to year and depends on the amount of freeze/thaw cycles that occur in the spring.
In order to help crews locate potholes, the City of Prince Albert encourages residents to report a pothole by emailing the Public Works Department through Report a Problem page or by calling 306.953.4900.