Whether spring has actually arrived, no one knows for sure.
But what has arrived, which usually coincides with spring, is pothole season.
Crews with the City of Prince George have been working on three shifts to patch potholes uncovered by the recent unseasonably warm temperatures and rainfall.
In order to patch a pothole, crews must first clear the hole of water and debris. “Cold mix” patching material is then heated in a mobile hot patching unit.
Crews fill the hole with the patching mix, compact it, and ensure it is level with the rest of the road.
“Since council has increased the annual road rehabilitation budget, we have seen a steady decline in potholes,” said Associate Director of Public Works, Gina Layte Liston.
She said crews are not seeing new potholes on recently paved stretches of road, but on routes that are due for rehabilitation.
The number of potholes patched by city crews has been on a steady decline in recent years, going from approximately 22,000 in 2012 to 14,000 last year.
Motorists are reminded to use caution when navigating potholes and when driving through puddles, as vehicle damage can occur.