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City gears up for pothole repairs this spring

March 12 2018 Fewer repairs anticipated this year thanks to a more mild winter

“This year, we’re looking at a much lower number of pothole repairs than in 2017, thanks to a more mild winter,” says Ken Brown, Manager of Street Operations for the City of Vancouver.

Pothole on city street

We are gearing up for the annual stretch of pothole repairs — a priority for road crews following the cold winter months.

“This year, we’re looking at a much lower number of pothole repairs than in 2017, thanks to a more mild winter,” says Ken Brown, Manager of Street Operations for the City of Vancouver. “We maintain 1,445 kilometers of roads and bridges in Vancouver, which we routinely monitor to identify areas that need repair. We also welcome the support we receive from residents in reporting potholes. This year, we anticipate to repair around 46,000 potholes throughout Vancouver.”

Repairing potholes is an affordable way to keep roads in safe condition until major repairs and repaving is required. The average cost to repair a pothole is between $12.50 to $13.50. The number of potholes fixed each year varies depending on the severity of the winter weather.

Volume of pothole repairs over the last six years

Year Number of potholes Cost
2017 60,782 $720,271
2016 34,121 $450,598
2015 33,432 $341,411
2014 32,050 $367,694
2013 27,199 $347,500
2012 36,841 $491,901

How potholes form

Potholes typically form on older road surfaces as a result of freezing and thawing weather. Overtime, water freezing and expanding in the pavement weakens it, causing cracking. The weight of vehicles passing over top can then break the material and displace it, leaving behind a hole.

Priority locations

We prioritize repairs for potholes located in high traffic areas, and those likely it is to cause damage or injury. The turnaround time for permanent repairs is less than 48 hours with crews available around the clock for emergencies. If an area is scheduled for other works, a temporary fix may be completed until planned work is done and the area is repaved.

Report potholes with VanConnect

You can quickly and easily report potholes using VanConnect. Submit a “Pothole Repair” request on VanConnect under “Streets and Sidewalks” option (learn how in this video ). Requests can also be submitted on our website or through a tweet. We will follow up and schedule repairs.

Report a pothole