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Citizens marking potholes are endangering City workers, contractors and our underground infrastructure

20-Jun-2011

The City of Saint John has been made aware that a citizen or citizens are spray painting lines around potholes in the city in the misguided assumption they will be repaired if painted.

Lines marked on the ground are colour coded for utilities and contractors under a standard system to use to show locations for underground utilities, including water and sewer, electrical, gas, oil and communications (telephone, cable) infrastructure. By marking the road in different colours, citizens could be endangering city workers and other contractors , as well as putting our underground infrastructure at risk of being damaged by excavation.

The City of Saint John takes part in a “Call before you dig” program to protect infrastructure and people from accidental contact with any underground pipes, conduits or lines.

Citizens should call Municipal Operations at 658-4455 to report any spray painted lines being marked around potholes, or to report any potholes on a City street. The City is working to repair the streets after the inclement weather in May delayed the repair process.

For more information about this year’s construction projects, visit saintjohn.ca/2011construction or call 658-4455.