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CAA wants to know city's plan of attack on potholes

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The warm weather has only been around for a couple days and already city officials are feeling pressure over potholes.

CAA Manitoba issued a press release today calling on the city to make public its plan to address the annual spring pothole problem on Winnipeg streets. Mike Mager, president and CEO of CAA Manitoba, says the usual reactionary response to potholes is "unacceptable" and the city should put forth a better solution.

"Winnipeggers need to hear from city hall what the plan is before the dangerous craters even start to form," Mager said in a statement. "I had expected the city would come out and proactively tell Winnipeggers about their plan of attack."

The CAA Manitoba release mentions St. James Street as a continuing issue for Winnipeg motorists, noting how the street has been at or near the top of CAA’s ‘Worst Roads’ list the last two years.

"I drive St. James Street every day and what boggles my mind is how a road can be left in this condition," Mager said. "It’s not just an annoyance. It’s completely unsafe -- especially with cars darting and weaving in and out of their lanes to avoid the craters."

The 2014 CAA ‘Worst Roads’ campaign gets underway Mar. 25.

CAA Manitoba advises motorists to call the city information line (311) to report any potholes that impact their commute.

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