Monday, March 10, 2014

3 times more potholes in Toronto over last year

TORONTO - This winter has taken a toll on Toronto’s roads.

City officials say they’ve already filled almost three times the number of pot holes this year compared to the same time last year.

Stephen Buckley, the city’s general manager of Transportation Services, said crews filled 66,415 pot holes from Jan. 1 to March 4. During the same time last year, crews filled 26,597 pot holes.

“It has been a tough winter,” Buckley said. “We’re probably looking in comparison to last year at least two, maybe three times as many pot holes we’ve been filling. We know there are issues out there.”

Crews are working longer days and weekends to “attack” the pot hole situation, Buckley said.

Public Works chairman Denzil Minnan-Wong said the pot holes are part of the “challenge created by Mother Nature.

“We’re throwing all the resources we can at it,” Minnan-Wong said. “We’ve got to fill pot holes. It is not a question of not filling pot holes; repairs need to be made.”
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