Hello, everyone, Sudbury.com reporter Keira Ferguson here. Normally, you can find me out and about on the weekends, covering events and news for Sudbury.com and Northern Life.
But it's pothole season in the Nickel City. So, I've been given a new task for the next few weeks: I am now the pothole reporter. Along with new media reporter Heather Green-Oliver, we'll be keeping you in the know on the state of the roads and how the city is doing when it comes to making our roads smooth (or smoother, maybe) once again.
Big or small, community safety is everyone's business, but it's going to take more than my own two hands (and Heather's) to help the City of Greater Sudbury return our roads to working order. That's where the newest addition to Sudbury.com's news team comes in.
He's small, certified and ready to keep you and your vehicle safe. Let me introduce Pothole Pete.
All throughout pothole season, Pothole Pete and I will be keeping you up to date on where potholes have been located, where repairs are taking place and which areas have been repaired. OK, so basically Pete can climb into potholes (and provide a size comparison) that I can't. Plus, he has a ton of personality.
For all Greater Sudbury drivers gritting their teeth as they crash through yet another crater, Pothole Pete and I will be bringing you news on just what that nasty crash means for your vehicle. We'll be speaking with mechanics; we'll be meeting some of those folks who fill our potholes; we'll be finding out how potholes form and how to fix them, and maybe even learn how to prevent them. We might even pay a visit to the folks in the city's 311 department to find out what pothole season is like for them.
Plus, you can become a pothole reporter of your own through our easy to use, pothole reporting app. which you can find at Pothole.Sudbury.com. Just take a photo of one of Greater Sudbury's potholes, give a rough description as to the hole's dimensions and that's it.
Your report gets drafted into an email that you can send directly to the City, in addition to having your pothole marked on a city-wide map.
Stay safe Sudbury, i'll see you on the roads.