City of Toronto launches last of three pothole repair blitzes in May

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The last of three scheduled pothole repair blitzes for the month of May is already underway in the city of Toronto. Crews have been repairing potholes since early this morning on Toronto's expressways, major roads and neighbourhood streets.

Pothole repair blitzes help keep roads around Toronto safe and in a good state of repair. Approximately 14,800 potholes were repaired during the first two blitzes this month, and crews have already repaired more than 105,000 potholes to date in 2020, including more than 18,000 potholes already in the month of May.

Today’s blitz will see 66 crews and 162 people repairing potholes throughout the city. City staff will work a 12-hour shift with appropriate physical distancing measures in place.

Residents driving or biking for essential travel today 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.

Potholes can generally be repaired within four days. When there are large numbers of potholes to be repaired, they are triaged based on size and repairs are prioritized on major roads.

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. Each pothole costs approximately $25 to repair.

Learn more about how Toronto manages potholes or report a pothole that needs to be repaired at toronto.ca/potholes. The public can also report potholes by calling 311 or emailing 311@toronto.ca.

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