Plenty of potholes to be filled by Mississauga spring cleaning crews


Published April 14, 2023 at 10:32 am

(Photo: City of Mississauga)

Mississauga spring cleaning crews are out in full force repairing roads and sidewalks, picking up litter and fixing one of the biggest concerns and annoyances for drivers–potholes.

While winter maintenance allows for some pothole repair, City of Mississauga officials say fixing the roadway hazards really kicks into high gear in the spring.

This past winter season, work crews have already used 60 tonnes of asphalt cold patch to fill potholes across the city, Mississauga officials say.

And there are numerous others yet to be filled.

The City notes that it maintains 5,700 lane kilometres of roads, 2,420 kilometres of sidewalks, 51,000 catch basins, 1,000 pedestrian crossings and other infrastructure that residents rely on such as multi-use trails and cycling infrastructure.

“Winter weather can be particularly damaging to infrastructure, resulting in the need for a routine repair this time of year,” the City said in a news release. “Milder weather means the City’s annual spring maintenance and clean-up work can begin. Residents will see City crews busy filling potholes, performing minor repairs to roadway infrastructure, clearing litter and preparing for street sweeping.”

Officials note that potholes and cracks on roadways typically occur or become more visible in the winter.

“Freezing and thawing can cause water under the asphalt to expand and contract,” the City says. “While the majority of potholes are fixed throughout the spring, City crews repair potholes year-round when temperatures are warmer and the weather allows for it. Filling potholes regularly is more efficient, cost-effective and helps keep roads in a state of good repair.”

Residents are asked to report potholes and damaged sidewalks, curbs and sod by calling 311 or visiting the City’s website to file an online service request.

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