Toronto: City Begins Tackling Potholes Before the Spring


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Drivers were forced to navigate around a pothole on Lake Shore Blvd. on Sunday. (DAVE ABEL, Toronto Sun)

They’re ready to fill some holes.

Roughly 100 city transportation workers — double the norm usually relegated to fixing potholes — will begin to wage war against the road craters around Toronto as part of a blitz, beginning Monday.

“We’re tackling this all week,” road operations manager Hector Moreno said Sunday. “We’re starting with the expressways, our main streets, and some crews will be heading into our side streets.”

Crews will fill as many as 20,000 potholes by Friday, with each patch-up taking about 15 minutes.

It costs the city about $4 million to fix 200,000 potholes in an average year.

“This is something that’s more of a proactive approach in lieu of what transpired over the last week with another dump of snow,” Moreno said.

“When you have cracks on the road, that’s when the biggest problems begin. You have water getting into the cracks, freezing, expanding, and putting pressure on the asphalt.”

As a result of the transportation department receiving complaints on major routes, such as Dufferin St. and Eglinton Ave., workers are targeting arterial roadways.

“That’s primarily because of the heavy traffic that goes through them and transport trucks and buses,” which more frequently use major roadways, Moreno explained.

He urged anyone who encounters a menacing pothole to call the city’s 311 help line.

He asked that callers be specific about the location of the offending road cavities so crews can find them.

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