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Not Quite the Rockies: MPI sees 479 percent increase in pothole-related claims

Winnipeg, Manitoba — Buckle up, Manitoban drivers. It’s bumpy out there.

In fact, roads in the province are so rutted that Manitoba Public Insurance says it witnessed a 479 percent increase in pothole-related claims this March, compared to March 2021.

The public insurer received 324 pothole-related claims in March 2022, compared to 56 in March of last year, according to statistics MPI shared with the CBC.

The City of Winnipeg has repaired 23,000 potholes since the start of April, primarily focussing on major routes and bus routes, said a city spokesperson.

Some of the potholes span more than a few feet both in width and depth, resulting in tire, suspension or more severe vehicle damage for anyone who drives over them.

 

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