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City responds to new pothole reports as weather warms

January 20 2017

“Ensuring that our shared infrastructure — like streets, bridges, and water and sewer mains — is well-maintained is one of the core services of the City,” says Jerry Dobrovolny, General Manager of Engineering for the City of Vancouver.

With warmer weather returning, an increased number of City crews are out working on road repairs to keep our roads safe and remove hazards caused by potholes. 

“Ensuring that our shared infrastructure — like streets, bridges, and water and sewer mains — is well-maintained is one of the core services of the City,” says Jerry Dobrovolny, General Manager of Engineering for the City of Vancouver. “Our crews monitor road conditions and identify areas needing remediation so that we can make repairs as efficiently as possible. The support we get from the community in identifying problem areas is extremely helpful in ensuring we can respond quickly.”  

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We will follow up and schedule repairs. 

How we repair potholes

Potholes are caused by regular freezing and thawing during seasonal changes and usually occur on older road surfaces. Priority is given to deeper potholes and those likely to cause damage or injury.

Repairing potholes is an affordable way to keep our roads in safe condition. Cost of repairing potholes varies from year to year. Due to the conditions and unusually cold temperatures, this year we may be expecting an increase in potholes on our roads.

Last year (2016), we spent about $450,000 to repair 34,121 potholes. The average cost to repair a pothole is $12.50 - $13.50.

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 resurfaced.

More information about pothole repair