With the pandemic lowering traffic volumes on Toronto’s roads between 45-65%, City of Toronto staff have been utilizing the inactivity to fix up potholes.
City crews have already repaired over 86,000 potholes this year, with more than 12,000 fixed in just the past month.
This May, the City has planned three “pothole repair blitzes,” the first scheduled for today. The public is being asked to respect work zones and give crews space as the blitzes may lead to minor delays for those driving or biking for essential travel.
City staff will work a 12-hour shift today with appropriate physical distancing measures in place. During the month of April, staff fixed more than 12,000 potholes while making daily pothole repairs. Today’s event will see up 48 crews and 146 people repairing potholes.
— City of Toronto (@cityoftoronto) May 2, 2020
The City of Toronto has planned a comprehensive road maintenance program and has budgeted close to $220 million in 2020 for road repairs, rehabilitation, and maintenance work. They have allocated between $4 million and $5 million to fix potholes as each one costs approximately $25 to repair.
The next two pothole blitzes will take place on May 9 and 23, weather permitting.