More than 1,000 potholes filled this winter in Langley Township

Road crews are dealing with holes caused by frost and wear.

It’s the time of the year when many local drivers find themselves dodging potholes.

Langley’s Sheila Fraser is one, who recently complained to the Township about the many holes on 62nd Avenue.

The holes have been patched, and the patches erode, creating the same potholes again, she said.

“There is nothing left to patch,” she said in an email to the Township.

It is not always safe to slalom down the street and, it is rude to drive on neighbour’s boulevards just to avoid your re-occurring potholes,” she wrote.

She said she’s replaced one tire rim and had her car re-aligned recently.

It’s not a great year for potholes in the roads of Langley Township, but it’s not nearly as bad as last winter.

Township operations manager Roeland Zwaag shared some statistics on the number of potholes repaired this season versus last.

In the 2016/17 winter season, with repeated snowfalls and extended periods of cold, Langley Township crews filled slightly fewer than 2,000 potholes, at a cost of about $100,000. There were 460 calls for service from the public for potholes over the winter.

“That was a big year,” said Zwaag. The Township went over its budget for snow plowing and de-icing.

This season, up to early Feburary, there have been a little more than 1,000 potholes filled, at a cost of $45,000 with 245 calls for service.

“Of course, winter isn’t over,” Zwaag added.

Bad winters typically lead to more potholes. But what makes a bad winter isn’t just below-zero temperatures.

“We’re seeing different kinds of potholes,” said Zwaag.

Last winter, there were “very large ones,” including some caused by frost heaving.

This year, there are smaller holes, including scaling, in which part of the sandwich of aspalt layer is broken away, but the road isn’t destroyed down to the gravel.

Langley Township roads operations manager Brian Edey pointed out that a freeze-thaw cycle is worse for roads than a period of extended cold.

“When it’s cold, nothing moves,” he said.

Frosty weather in late December and January was hard on the roads.

In much smaller Langley City, there have been far fewer calls for service, according to staff. In 2018 so far, there have been just 30 requests for a patch for a pothole.

Fraser said that as of this Thursday, the holes on her street hadn’t been fixed yet.

Just Posted

Stealth struggles lead to coaching shuffle

New assistant coaches in charge of offence and defence for Vancouver

Langley curling couple bound for provincials in Creston

Craig and Karen Lepine are skipping their own teams in the upcoming BC masters curling competition.

Langley Hospice issues formal statement opposing MAiD directive

Board of directors responds to ‘groundswell of opposition’ from community and volunteers

Aldergrove family first in B.C. to receive reimbursement for life-altering arthritis drug

Effective medication used to treat rare form of juvenile arthritis costs $19,000 a month

Lower Mainland dance squad set to show off hip hop skills in L.A.

TwoFourSeven Company prepping for prestigious World of Dance event in April

VIDEO: Top 10 B.C. budget highlights

The NDP is focusing on childcare, affordable housing and speeding up the elimination of MSP premiums

Team USA beats Canada 3-2 on the shootout to take home Olympic gold

Americans win their first gold medal since 1998

Two Haida men detained for crossing U.S.-Canada border

Edenshaw and Frisby travelled from Alaska to Prince Rupert for the All Native Basketball Tournament

Alberta takes out full-page ads in B.C. over strained relationship

It’s the latest move between the two provinces over progress on Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

B.C. teacher suspended over allegedly using N-word in worksheets

Trafalgar Elementary teacher under investigation by Vancouver School Board

Toddler swept away in Ontario floods

Toddler missing as flooding forces thousands from their homes in Ontario

BC BUDGET: New money helps seniors’ care shortage

Job stability for care aides key to recruitment, union leader says

Mixed messages on B.C.’s efforts to cool hot housing market

Economist says undersupply of homes in Metro Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna will keep prices high

Foot found near Victoria belonged to missing Washington man

Coroner says no foul play suspected in death of 79-year-old Stanley Okumoto

Most Read