Feb 22, 2019

By Jane Brown

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If you’re frustrated by the increasing number of potholes in Toronto, there is relief on the way.

Saturday, City of Toronto crews begin the first pothole blitz of 2019 following a number of recent freeze-thaw cycles that have led to an increased deterioration of the roads.

Typically there are about 25 crews out filling potholes on any given day during the winter months. On Saturday, there will be 50 crews working up to a 12-hour day at locations across the city with a particular focus on the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway.

The goal is to fill 4000 potholes in Saturday’s blitz. This blitz will be the first of several to be held through April.

“Potholes are not only a nuisance for motorists and cyclists but they can also be dangerous. This weekend will be the first of several blitzes to come. Our crews will put in long hours, starting very early Saturday morning, to improve our roads and help residents and visitors stay safe and avoid the hassles of a damaged vehicle or bicycle,” Mayor John Tory said in a press release.

The city has filled about 13,000 potholes so far in 2019 but that number is expected to rise significantly in the coming days and weeks.

The $182-million road repair budget for 2019 includes between $4 million and $5 million to repair potholes. Each pothole costs about $25 to repair, according to the city.

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