Pothole parade continues in Sudbury
Published Monday, March 12, 2018 8:07PM EDT
Potholes continue to plague Sudbury roads, and that's forcing many motorists to alter their driving style to avoid potential damage to their vehicles.
However, even with drivers doing their best to save their suspensions and wheel rims, the road conditions are still keeping mechanics in the city busy.
Here’s what some drivers told CTV News about the “evasive action” they have to take regularly.
"You gotta be careful that you don't hit anybody else as you kind of swerve to avoid all of the potholes, especially the big ones that you're going to fall into." said one driver.
"A lot of zig-zagging so you have a tendency sometimes to look a little drunk on the road because they're really really bad." said another.
"I haven't had any damage yet but I'm sure it's coming. It is that time of the year. It's kind of what Sudbury is known for." said a third.
For many, these roads go beyond what most Sudburians are used to.
"I’m seeing bent rims, broken wheel bearings, all of it. This year, we've noticed it's been exceptionally bad." said Patrick Robichaud of Lorne auto Repair.
Robichaud has run his shop for over a decade, but this year, he says he's seeing newer cars coming in for the kinds of service usually reserved for vehicles with a lot more mileage.
"Many vehicles that shouldn't be coming in yet with a lot of front end damage. Like, they're coming in on the tow truck, you know, their oil pans, some of them have damaged engines on it, transmissions, so it's significant the damage this year." said Robichaud.
While the pothole problems may be a boon for his shop, Robichaud has some advice for drivers, although it may be easier said than done.
"Try your best to avoid them. That's about all we can do. I mean, sometimes, you hit three to avoid one. But try your best. It seems to be the right-hand lane that's the worst."
Last week, CTV asked the mayor about the state of the roads, and he blamed the “freeze-thaw” cycle for the repeated challenges, and said summertime is the best time for repairs.
So far, we have not heard back from the city's Head of Infrastructure on what's being done to get through the rest of the pothole season.