POTHOLES10POTHOLES11After the harshest winter in 20 years, TORONTO streets are a mess. Cracks and craters are everywhere, just as they are in Winnipeg and Montreal. It comes with being a northern city, and it ain’t cheap.

– 30-40 crews are out filling potholes
– crews are working 12 hour days
– so far, the city has repaired 85,000 potholes, up 58% over last year
– 6,885 people have called 311 to report potholes and road damage
– TORONTO has budgeted $70-million to fix major roads; $50-million to repair local roads; $2.5-million for the Don Valley Parkway

“Shaw Street is a calamity north of Bloor Sreet West. One driver describes parts of Richmond Street as ‘like driving through a cow pasture.’ Bathurst Street is in ‘awful’ shape, a councillor says. Dufferin Street, voted Worst Road in Ontario by members of the Canadian Automobile Association last year and in 2012, is a lunar landscape.” – Peter Kuitenbrouwer, National Post