TORONTO – Pothole pain relief is on the way, as the city sends out twice the usual number of works to patch up the craters that have been plaguing Toronto streets.
Around 100 Transportation Services’ workers are starting a week-long pothole repair blitz Monday. Their goal is to fill about 20,000 potholes by Friday.
City officials say it’s the relentless freeze-thaw cycle this time of year that just compounds the problem, and that things are worse this year compared to the same time last year.
It costs the city around $4 million to fix potholes each year.
Peter Noehammer, director of Transportation Services, said on average the city repairs about 200,000 potholes annually.
“That number fluctuates a bit depending on the severity of the winter,” he said on Friday.
He said residents can report potholes by calling 311 or online.
“We are patrolling the streets ourselves to identify significant surface defects in our roadways but of course we’re not able to be everywhere,” he said. “We would appreciate the public’s help in reporting potholes.”
Noehammer asks that residents provide specific details as to where the pothole is located within the roadway.
He said city workers aim to repair a pothole within five days of receiving a report.