Drivers have grown frustrated with what they see as the city’s lack of road maintenance following a significant increase in potholes across Toronto. Dramatic changes in temperature this winter are reportedly responsible for the holes. “What happens is water penetrates the top layer of asphalt, it freezes, then once we have the thaw that creates a void under that asphalt, traffic drives over that void and then we have a pothole,” explained Mark Mills to CityNews, who serves as Toronto's superintendent of road operations.
Local drivers are now attempting to reach out to city officials via Twitter in order to bring their attention to the severity of the problem. Andrew Bartucci, a driver whose vehicle was wrecked by a large pothole located near Church and Dundas Streets. Bartucci says he had to pay almost $3000 to fix his car after a pothole blew out two of his tires. He has since become an activist for the cause and has spoken to the media about it.
Another likeminded motorist Chris Snell also took to Twitter to share his own experience with the city’s dangerous roads, posting a video of his car narrowly avoiding hitting a massive pothole at full speed.
In the video, which was captured off of Snell’s dashboard, he can be seen driving along when suddenly an enormous pothole appears on his right-hand side. Snell immediately hits the brakes but his car is still noticeably rocked by the hole.
MORE POTHOLES IN TORONTO!— Phill Snel (@PhillSnel) February 19, 2019
Hey @311Toronto, could you please add EB Queens Quay, S side just W of Yonge, to your #potholes to do list. VERY jarring this morning!
Memories of @bar2cci having tires blown! #Toronto #video #dashcam pic.twitter.com/VxVOh1S1Uj
It’s prime pothole season again due to # of freeze/thaw cycles this winter. City crews have repaired >12,000 potholes since Jan 1 but drivers say the pavement pits are everywhere—including this large one on Lakeshore by Cherry St. Drivers can call 3-1-1 to report any they see. pic.twitter.com/eafcE8F9fP— carl hanstke (@carl680) February 20, 2019
The city of Toronto annually spends around 4 million dollars on pothole repair, and the holes are filled fixed usually within four working days after authorities are notified of them. They have repaired about 12,000 of them already in 2019.
However, city workers do make exceptions if the complaints about the hole claim that it is located on an expressway or a major roadway due to the high volume of traffic at higher speeds.
Drivers who experience an unpleasant run-in with one of these holes should reach out to officials by calling 311 and reporting it to help keep the roads as safe as possible. 311 is very responsive on social media and usually offers prompt updates to those that notify them of an issue.