A new pilot project is hoping to lead to smoother roads year round for the Bridge City.
The infrared pothole patcher will be able to fix potholes in temperatures as cold as -10 C, according to the City of Saskatoon.
“We’ll be going to sites a single time to get the repair done, instead of having to come back over and over again,” said Brandon Harris, the city’s director of roadways and operations.
With this piece of equipment, Harris said the city is able to produce its own asphalt in winter and heat up the temperature of the pavement to do permanent repairs throughout the colder months.
“During the winter, we don’t have the same hot mix asphalt that we have in the summer to permanently repair potholes,” explained Harris, adding
He added it would use recycled asphalt materials, making it more environmentally friendly.
It will also help in preventing future potholes because the seamless patch will prevent melting snow from seeping in.
Around 225,000 potholes were repaired by the City of Saskatoon in 2016.