Mild winter means more potholes on city streets

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Fixing Toronto’s potholes costs about $6 million in total each year, this year the costs are expected to rise as a milder winter than last year means more potholes.

The city has repaired about 21,000 more potholes this year compared to 2016.

Potholes are less likely to develop if it’s freezing all winter. But when there’s a greater freeze/thaw fluctuation, the potholes creep in.

According to the city, potholes form when water gets through a crack in road asphalt. When that water freezes and expands, part of the pavement is forced upwards. Cars then drive over the road, breaking the pavement and forcing the asphalt out.

Tenn said between January and March, the city filled in roughly 56,700 potholes — there were 35,500 potholes repaired during the same time period in 2016.

According to the city’s website, repairing each pothole costs $25 on average.

If you see or experience a pothole, call it in. -CINEWS

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