Potholes still an issue for drivers despite city filling in thousands

Main cause of potholes is weather and 'we can't control weather,' city official says

A pothole on Victoria Park and Lawrence
Drivers are becoming frustrated over potholes that keep appearing on our streets. Vatche Ayvazian/Toronto Observer

Despite the city filling in thousands of potholes, drivers may still be frustrated with the city’s road problems.

William Cruz 27, was driving southbound on Victoria Park on Feb. 22 when his vehicle struck numerous potholes.

“There was a loud bang,” said Cruz. “The pothole banged the passenger side, immediately blowing out the front and back passenger tires.

“It would have been even more dangerous if there were cyclists, pedestrians or even parked cars, cause it happened really fast,” he said. “The wheel bent and both tires blew instantly.”

Mark Mills, Toronto’s superintendent of road operations, explained how potholes are caused and how many they’ve cleared in 2019 so far.

“When water penetrates the top part of the asphalt, it freezes — then once we have the thaw that creates a void under that asphalt, then drivers go over the void and then we get a pothole,” said Mills.

According to a report done by Statistics Canada, potholes were the number one issue addressed in phone calls to 311, the city’s helpline, in 2019 so far.

“The holes are fixed usually around four days after officials have notified us,” said Mills, “In 2019 we’ve cleared around 12,000 of them.”

Mills says the weather is to blame for these potholes but he understands the frustrations the drivers are going through “but at the same time the main cause of these potholes is the weather, and we can’t control weather.”

Drivers who come across huge potholes are encouraged to call 311.

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Posted: Mar 18 2019 11:50 am
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