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City ramping up pothole repairs with warmer weather this weekend

Last Updated Jan 19, 2018 at 11:21 am EDT

With warmer weather forecast for this weekend, Toronto is taking advantage by more than doubling its pothole patching teams to eradicate the craters from its roads.

On Friday, city officials announced that a pothole repair blitz will take place on Saturday.

“Normally, we would have 25 crews out on the road, but this weekend, we will have a total of 55 crews out on the roads,” Mayor John Tory said at a news conference at the city’s transportation yard on Eastern Avenue.

The blitz comes on the heels of driver complaints of potholes on the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway.

The freeze-thaw cycle is to blame for the rise in potholes, and the city is predicting more as the temperature fluctuation continues.

So far this year, the city has filled 6,041 potholes, which is up from 7,753 during the same period last year. Last year, the city repaired 199,032 potholes.

The city spends between $4 million and $5 million a year to fix potholes.

Drivers are being reminded to report any potholes to the city online or by calling 311.