Local mayor pledges to fix 100% of the city's potholes and people in other cities are jealous

Apr 28 2023, 5:00 pm

Are you jealous you don’t live in Port Coquitlam? That’s the message from some folks online after the mayor of that city vowed to fix all the potholes by the weekend.

The City is calling it a “pothole blitz.”

According to the release from the City, crews searched “100% of the City” for potholes during three inspection sessions and found 158 potholes.

By the end of the day Friday, Mayor Brad West says the four staff members will have taken full advantage of the expected dry weather and repaired the remaining potholes. 

“We continue to make investments in our roads and frontline services like pothole repairs. It’s about getting the basics right and delivering the core city services that matter to our community and what residents and businesses pay property taxes for,” Mayor Brad West said. “City crews will work efficiently to improve our roadways and make them safer for people driving and cycling.”

Since West shared the news on Twitter Tuesday, residents from around Metro Vancouver say they wish their city would follow Port Coquitlam’s lead and repair the potholes on their roads. 

In an email statement to Daily Hive, the City of Vancouver’s Manager of Street Operations, Amy Sidwell, said “keeping our roads in a state of good repair is a priority.”

She added that City crews routinely repair potholes. This year alone, crews have repaired approximately 20,300 potholes.

The City manages about 1,400 kilometers of roads and Sidwell said it depends on the public to report potholes or street areas in need of repair by calling 3-1-1 via the City’s Van311 app.

“On average, City crews will attend to a pothole within 4-5 days of receiving a report. Our response is dependent on current weather conditions, the number of reports received, and the location complexity, among other factors,” she said.

The City of Port Coquitlam continues to urge residents to report potholes as well. They can do so online at portcoquitlam.ca/report, using the PoCo Sort and Report app, or by calling 604-927-3111.

Drivers and cyclists in Port Coquitlam are being warned that they can expect minor delays while crews work and are being asked to be safe by respecting work zones and giving crews space.

Once crews are notified, they can typically make the repair within four days, the City said. 

So far this year, the City says its repaired 409 potholes. Last year it repaired more than 1,400 potholes. 

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