The sunny, warmer weather feels nice, even though it could cause a mess on the streets as the snow melts.
City of Timmins public works director Ken Krcel says some streets are already bare, so the melting during the day and overnight freezing creates potholes.
“Some of the other streets where we still have some remaining snowpack, they’re going to start breaking up and get slushy,” he adds. “We know we’re going to have some water issues on the road, where there’s a lot of snow covering catch basins and storm.”
In Krcel’s estimation, this transition period is one of the busiest times of the year.
“We’re still doing snow removal, trying to get as much snow off the streets where we can. We have crews out with backhoes, opening up catch basins that might have ice over top of them. And yeah, potholes. You name it, we’re out there working on it.”
And during this transition between seasons, Krcel says there’s still a lot of frost in the ground, so his department is still busy with frozen water lines.
There’s also word from the city that the Hollinger skate path and the outdoor rinks at Roy Nicholson Park and the Mountjoy Arena are closed, at least through the weekend.