Scratched Suspensions: Pothole Season Hits Canada

Ottawa, Ontario – It’s pothole season and Canadian drivers are sighing again.

There may have been fewer potholes reported in Toronto over the past winter season, but those reported were also filled at a slower rate, according to open data from the City of Toronto.

“There are fewer potholes filled so far this year compared to the same period in 2021, as transportation services staff have focused on winter maintenance services for about five weeks after record snowstorm on January 17,” said Mark Mills, a manager with Toronto Transportation Services.

For the uninitiated, potholes are created when water enters the pavement as the asphalt expands and shrinks with the weather. Over time, the frozen water below pushes the asphalt outward, creating a pothole in the road.

The city has yet to announce this year’s pothole repair blitz, which usually takes place between February and March. This can lead to more pothole damaged vehicles, such as flat tires, bent suspensions, or surface damage.

Toronto isn’t the only city struggling to keep up with road maintenance – it’s a Canada-wide problem. A recent headline from The Globe and Mail summed up the opinions of Canadians in one sentiment: If we tire of the beaver, potholes could become our national symbol.

On the East Coast, marine drivers face an equally difficult situation. According to a February report by CBC New Brunswick, repairs to Fredericton’s roads simply don’t last the way they used to.

“We’re in earlier frost cycles, with the frost in the ground as deep as it is and the hot temperatures are melting everything on top, it’s really weakening the structure and leaving us in the position we’re in. right now,” Mike Walker, the city’s roads and streets manager, told the CBC. “We are not removing the elevator from [the asphalt] we would definitely expect it.

Walker says roads built 20 years ago still show integrity, but others built more recently have problems.

“It’s a problem that many jurisdictions have,” he said.