Montreal launches pre-holiday pothole patching operation

Nov 21 2019, 6:50 am

Ah, the gift that keeps on giving filling.

The City of Montreal has announced plans to fill 25,000 potholes before the holiday season.

This operation will fill potholes that have developed since the end of last spring, as well as in recent days and weeks, due to unusual November weather conditions that included heavy snowfall, cold, and freezing rain.

A total of 16 specialized machines will hit the streets, spread out amongst road networks throughout the city’s 19 boroughs, in addition to emergency patching operations carried out manually by the boroughs, according to a statement of the city.

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The city’s website warned that repairs can only be done in “specific weather conditions” and operations can’t be done when temperatures are too cold and/if roads are wet, saying the pothole patching machines won’t work.

“Work is planned on the various roads, both day and night, so as to limit the obstacles to traffic, particularly in the city center,” reads the city’s statement. “The routes of the specialized equipment are determined according to the state of the pavements and adjusted according to the works carried out annually in order to optimize their use.”

The city estimates that nearly 200,000 potholes are filled every year.

Residents are asked to call 311 or the “Report a pothole” website to help the city locate potholes and make the holiday blitz easier.