The City of Toronto announces that another pothole repair blitz will take place this Saturday, November 14 to help keep Toronto’s roads in a state of good repair in advance of the start of winter.
Residents who are driving or biking for essential travel on Saturday are advised to expect minor delays. The public is asked to be safe by respecting work zones and giving crews space while they make repairs.
This will be the eighth weekend repair blitz of 2020. Previous one-day blitzes took place in February (two), March (one), May (three) and one last Saturday on November 7. During last Saturday’s pothole blitz, crews repaired 4,716 potholes. Weekend blitzes in 2020 have accounted for more than 47,400 pothole repairs so far this year.
Crews will begin repairing as many potholes as possible on Toronto’s expressways, major roads and neighbourhood streets starting early Saturday morning. Tomorrow’s event will see approximately 20 crews repairing potholes throughout the city. City staff will work a 12-hour shift with appropriate physical distancing measures in place. Crews are out proactively repairing potholes throughout the week, and already this year staff have fixed more than 174,000 potholes.
Potholes can normally be repaired within four days of crews being made aware, through both proactive patrols and via 311 service requests from residents. When there are large numbers of potholes to be repaired, they are triaged based on size, and repairs are prioritized on major roads first.
The City has a comprehensive road maintenance program and has budgeted close to $220 million in 2020 for road repairs, rehabilitation and maintenance work, including between $4 million and $5 million to fix potholes on streets, including in bike lanes. Each pothole costs approximately $25 to repair.
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