As spring nears, provincial highway crews are turning their attention from snow clearing to repairing potholes. “The constant freeze and thaw cycle we’ve had this winter is a perfect recipe for potholes,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “I encourage drivers to slow down in rough areas and avoid swerving out of their lane to avoid potholes.” Crews are currently performing temporary cold mix repairs. Cold mix is a temporary patch used until longer-lasting hot-mix asphalt becomes available when asphalt plants open up around the province in May. “The success we have against potholes right now depends on location and climate,” said Barb Baillie, executive director of maintenance and operations, Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “This has been the toughest winter we’ve had in years and in many areas our crews still have to deal with winter conditions even as potholes are forming.” Motorists can help provide information on problem potholes by calling the province’s toll-free number, 1-888-432-3233 or by tweeting @NS_TIR on Twitter.