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Potholes Make for Bumpy Travel in New Canaan

Jim Bach looks concerned as he gazes out onto Oenoke Lane. A winter filled with snow and ice storms has taken its toll. Bach sees it when he travels the streets near his home. They’re dotted with potholes, making travel on the streets just outside of downtown a little rougher than before.

“The town has a very big job ahead of it,” said the lifelong New Canaan resident.

The snowy and icy weather have done plenty of damage to several town roads. Public Works Director Mike Pastore said public works and the highway department have received several calls about potholes, which occur during freeze and thaw weather. Most of the calls have been about Main Street and Old Norwalk Road, but there may be other streets with pothole issues that are not traveled as frequently. Main Street is on a list of roads that will be repaved soon, Pastore said.

“It’s been a bad winter,” Pastore said, noting this year’s pothole issues are as pronounced as they were about five years ago.

With no new snow or ice storms in more than a week, public works crews have been able to repair holes on several heavily traveled streets with cold patching. The more durable warm asphalt replacement cannot be used  until temperatures rise significantly, perhaps in March or April.

“If you have a hole, we’ll fix it,” he said.

Bach has confidence in the public works crews, given how they patched up Oenoke Lane in previous years and how they’ve handled paving near the Schoolhouse Apartments off South Avenue. “The town has been very responsive to the calls I’ve made,” he said. “The town’s been very good about it.”

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