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March 5, 2008
Expanded pothole repair results in thousands of additional potholes fixed
The City of Toronto has fixed more than 8,000 potholes on city streets in the past 10 days following the completion of its snow removal program.

“The number of freeze/thaw cycles that have taken place this winter has resulted in an increase in the number of potholes on our roads,” said Gary Welsh, General Manager, Transportation Services. “Our crews have worked hard throughout the entire winter to fix potholes and this has resulted in an improvement in the overall state of the roads in Toronto.”

The City has recently increased the number of staff from 30 to 100 to address pothole repairs. Many of the crews that were assigned to fix potholes were redeployed to work on today’s snow storm, but Welsh added that they would be back fixing potholes as soon as the snow clearing operation is complete.

During the last three years, the City of Toronto has repaired an average of 165,000 potholes per year. The City spends approximately $4 million per year to fix potholes.

Potholes are created when water penetrates the top layer of asphalt through cracks in the road. After the moisture freezes and expands, sections of the pavement are forced up and the weight of vehicles going over this section of the road breaks the pavement and the asphalt is forced up. Potholes are more common during the winter months, especially during repeated freeze/thaw cycles.

City staff fix potholes by pouring hot asphalt and raking it into the pothole. Then, they tamp down the asphalt and smooth it out to improve the road surface.

The public can assist by reporting potholes. Call the pothole hotline at 416-599-9090, push the pound key (#) then 164 to leave a message about the location of the pothole.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Coordinator, (416) 392-4391, cell (416) 553-1076



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