The majority of people were probably happy to see the snow go in the past week or two, but it's doubtful if many motorists were happy with the potholes that showed up all over Drumheller.

"There is more than usual this year, that's for sure, because of the freeze-thaw cycle that we went through during the winter months," explained Wayne Wood of Alberta Transportation. "Things thaw during the daytime, water seeps into a crack on the road and at nighttime it freezes, the ice expands and the next thing you know, you have a pothole."

There were some rather substantial potholes this spring, especially on big truck routes like South Dinosaur Trail through the HyGrade Industrial Park, but Wood said crews have been trying to fix the worst ones.

"They have been out doing some patch work in the last month or so, in particular along Highways 9 and 575," he outlined. "They had to shut down operations when things started getting wet over the last week or so, but we're told that they'll be back out soon."

"They can use a cold patch during the colder weather, which sometimes doesn't last as long as a permanent patch does, but certainly they'll be out doing the permanent patches from here on in and through the summer months," he concluded.

Alberta Transportation, through Carillion Canada, takes care of Highways 9, 10, 10X, 575 and 838 in the Drumheller Valley. Town crews look after non provincial roads.

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