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January 19, 2018
Mayor Tory announces pothole repair blitz for Toronto roads
Following the recent period of freeze/thaw weather, there has been a surge of potholes in Toronto. The City of Toronto is responding by placing road repair crews on extended hours on Thursday and Friday, and will launch a pothole repair blitz on Saturday. Mayor John Tory made this announcement at the Eastern Yard this morning.

On a typical day, 25 crews are out repairing potholes, but during the blitz, 55 crews will work on filling potholes across the city, including on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway. Motorists are advised to expect minor delays and to give crews space while this work is conducted.

“Potholes are a nuisance when driving and biking, and can damage tires. Winter takes a toll on our roads, especially when we experience extreme swings in temperatures like we've experienced lately," said Mayor John Tory. “Our crews will take advantage of the break from the snow to focus on filling as many potholes as they can to help keep our roads in good condition."

Potholes are created when water penetrates the top layer of asphalt through cracks in the road. When the moisture freezes and expands, sections of the pavement are forced up. The weight of vehicles going over this section of road breaks the pavement and the asphalt is forced out. Toronto's weather forecast is calling for more freezing/thawing conditions, which is expected to lead to more potholes forming in the coming weeks.

The City has a comprehensive road maintenance program and spends approximately $171 million annually on road repairs, rehabilitation and maintenance work, including between $4 and $5 million to fix potholes. Over the past three years, the City has repaired an average of 210,500 potholes annually.

Road users and business owners can help by reporting potholes when they see them. You can report online at or by calling 311, emailing, or by using the 311 app available online.

When reporting a pothole, please provide the following details:
- the location of the pothole, such as the nearest cross streets and a street address if possible
- the pothole's exact location on the roadway, e.g., in the eastbound curb lane, and
- the estimated size of the pothole.

While the City usually repairs potholes within four days, when there are large numbers of potholes to be repaired, the repairs are triaged based on size and repairs are prioritized on expressways and arterial roads first.

By the numbers

Number of potholes filled for period of January 1 to 17 for past four years:
• 2018 – 6,041
• 2017 – 7,753
• 2016 – 4,804
• 2015 – 7,479

Number of potholes filled annually for past three years:
• 2017 – 199,032
• 2016 – 181,286
• 2015 – 251,142

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