Mississauga sees 75% increase in potholes on city streets this year


Published March 25, 2022 at 4:05 pm

Filling in potholes is the top priority for Mississauga work crews this spring as reports indicate a 75 per cent increase in the number of repairs needed.

The City is about to start the work on the potholes that are discovered each year around this time after the winter weather plays havoc on asphalt surfaces.

“Potholes usually occur through the winter as temperatures fluctuate,” a Mississauga bulletin reads. “Weather changes cause water under the asphalt to expand and contract.”

Mississauga officials say that in a given year crews fix hundreds of potholes by filling in the road surface with asphalt and smoothing out the roadway. More than 400 tonnes of asphalt is used for road repair each year.

This year the crews have their work cut out for them as the reported number of pothole repairs has jumped by 75 per cent. Last year the City responded to 209 requests to repair potholes.

Pothole repairs are just one of the spring cleaning duties on the radar of city maintenance work crews as the weather gets warmer.

Other work planned includes street sweeping to clear winter debris that can contaminate the City’s stormwater system; the landscaping of parks and along streets and boulevards; infrastructure construction on roads, bridges, creeks and sewers.

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