It looks like spring may finally be here after an unusually long winter. In Drumheller, like much of Alberta, the precursor to spring is often referred to as pothole season.
 
Not only can the voids in the pavement startle motorists, they can also cause damage to your vehicle's suspension and tires.
 
"This year brings lots of challenges to the road surfaces as the snow melts and we do start to see more people come in," reported Jordan Harper of Harper's Tire in Drumheller.
 
"Lots of things can cause damage to a tire; tires can be abrasionally affected by the potholes," he outlined. "A visual inspection is something that can easily be done by you at home (but) if you're concerned beyond that, by all means bring it in and we can do a visual inspection. We can show you what to look for as far as abrasions, blisters (and) defects."
 
There are a number of fair sized potholes around the valley, most of them on the truck routes, and Harper admits they can cause real damage if you hit them hard.
 
"If you've got to that extent, by all means bring it in because there's now probably a safety concern," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "That tire is going to have to be inspected by a professional, looked at and if it need to be removed or replaced, we need to be addressing that before it becomes a catastrophe."
 
Alberta Transportation has partially closed Highway 570 about five kilometres west of the junction with Highway 848 near Dorothy after a sinkhole opened in the middle of the road. It is hoped the repair will be finished by this afternoon (Apr. 20).

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