Frequently Asked Questions (Works)

What causes potholes?

Streets tend to show their age in various ways;  the most common sign is a pothole.  Typical causes are pavement cracking combined with heavy traffic.  Cracks allow water to get under the asphalt, and when the water freezes during winter, it expands to four times its volume creating pressure on the surface.  in spring, when the ices and snow melt, the water seeps out, leaving a hollow hole under the street surface.  When vehicles go over these sections, asphalt crumbles, and potholes are born.

How are potholes repaired?

Because asphalt plants don't open until the end of April, and potholes start forming with the return of milder weather, we apply cold patch asphalt, which fills the potholes until they can be fixed permanently.   Once asphalt plants are open, contractors are scheduled to fix potholes more permanently. 

Who do I contact regarding Provincial Highways?

The Village of Salisbury's Main Street (Route 106), Fredericton Road (Route 112), and River Road (Route 112) are all Provincially Designated Highways, the ownership and maintenance of which lies with the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (NBDIT).   Any complaints or concerns regarding these roads must be directed to the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (NBDTI) or the MLA.  

The MLA representing the Village of Salisbury is Mr. Mike Holland.  His constituency office is located at 1037 Route 114, Lower Coverdale, NB  E1J 1A1.  Contact: 856-4961 or

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Salisbury Garage contact number is 372-3302.

Can I have a garbage bin for the end of my driveway?

The Village of Salisbury does not currently have a By-Law prohibiting the use of "rural style" garbage bins.  The municipality is not responsible for any damage to unauthorized structures which have been erected by property owners within the public right-of-way.  

This is not to say that the municipality does not make every possible attempt to avoid such structures during any roadway maintenance activity.   The Village of Salisbury, as well as our winter maintenance contractor, makes every reasonable attempt to avoid damaging or disturbing rural mail boxes, civic address numbers and roadside garbage bins; however, the primary focus of snow clearing operations is to make public roads passable in order to reestablish safe travel to motor vehicles.  Should damage occur to any of these structures, the municipality assumes no responsibility.

 With respect to any obstruction within the public right-of-way of municipal and /or provincial roads (i.e. rural mailboxes, garbage bins, basketball nets, etc.)theywould be subject to the following sections under the New Brunswick Highway Act:

44.1(15)    If a person has erected or placed or is erecting or placing any object or thing on, over, un- der,across or along a highway, has repaired or maintained or is repairing or maintaining such an object or thing, has excavated, mined or quarried or is excavating, mining or quarrying under, across, through or along a highway or has used or is other- wise using a highway, in contravention of subsection (12) or (13), the Minister may by order direct that any such object or thing be disassembled, demolished, modified, relocated or removed and that the highway and the land on, over or under which the highway is situated be restored to its original condition or to such other condition as the Minister directs.

69(1)    A person commits an offence who

(a)     erects, places, puts or maintains any building, structure, gasoline pump, lumber, logs, stones, refuse, snow or other encumbrance or obstruction over or upon any highway,

It is the municipality‚Äôs opinion that "private garbage bins are not essential to the collection of blue and green streams of waste and that any property owner who wishes to erect such a structure, either within or in close proximity to themunicipal or provincialright-of-way, does so at their own risk."