Carbonear road conditions lambasted on social media

Photo highlights damage to vehicles from potholes on major roadways

Published on March 18, 2017

The damage done to a resident’s car after hitting a deep pothole at the end of Pike’s Lane.


As the winter’s snow begins to melt, the roads in Carbonear lose their slippery ice and slush, but take on a new danger to drivers- potholes.

Recently, a photo was posted to Facebook showcasing the damage done to a vehicle as it hit an unmarked pothole on Pike’s Lane. The car — a Ford Focus — had a snapped control arm. The photo garnered over 150 shares and dozens of comments from people claiming that they have had similar problems.

Not everyone can afford to go fix their car every week. Jeremy King

The pothole in the photo was at the very end of Pike’s Lane, and has since been marked by a pylon. There are more deep potholes in the area.

Jeremy King, a resident of Carbonear, has faced issues while driving in the same area, and says something needs to be done.

“There’s a reason everyone’s vehicle around here has bad front end problems — it’s the potholes around Carbonear. You literally can’t avoid them,” said King. “Not everyone can afford to go fix their car every week.”

During a town council meeting in Carbonear on March 5, Brian O’Grady, director of Operations and Public Works, mentioned the process involved in fixing the roads.

“Usually during the winter season we rely on coal patches to fix the roads,” said O’Grady. “On average, we’ll use around one and a half pallets during the winter, but this season we’re already onto our fourth pallet. As you can see, there are still lots out there to be taken care of.”

The pothole at the end of Pike’s Lane has been filled with dirt and marked by a pylon.
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O’Grady says that the freeze/thaw cycle that happens every winter season will inevitably impact road conditions. A freeze/thaw cycle is when rainwater settles in already existing cracks in a road, freezes due to low temperatures, and expands those cracks. When that ice melts, more water will seep into the expanded cracks, freeze, and repeat the process again until the temperatures rise.

O’Grady also mentioned that the town’s salt and sand supply is significantly lower this year compared to this time last year. Usually, by the end of the winter season, the town has about 400 tons of leftover salt and sand, however, O’Grady feels as though that will not be the case this season.

Despite all of this, O’Grady is confident that the town’s roads will be in better condition by the end of the season.