Niagara Region wants residents to report potholes

Niagara Region wants to know about potholes on regional roads and is encouraging residents to report potholes so they can repair them quickly.

“Niagara Region is committed to responding to and repairing potholes occurring on Regional roads as a result of harsh winter weather conditions,” a Niagara Region press release said.

“During the winter, potholes and road deterioration can occur due to changes in temperature and precipitation,” it said. “Potholes form when extreme cold temperatures create a deep frost layer which freezes the road base. When water seeps into cracks in the pavement, it can refreeze, pressing up and lifting the pavement surface. Then when traffic hits the lifted pavement it crumbles causing a pothole.”

They have made a reporting centre through the Region’s website where people can report potholes. They can also call 905 980 6000 ext. 3690 or toll-free at 1 877 552 5579.

They also recommend taking the following actions if your vehicle is damaged after striking a pothole:

  • Stop driving your vehicle if it is not operating properly
  • Record the exact location of the pothole and report it to the municipality as outlined above
  • Have the vehicle inspected by a licensed mechanic
  • Contact your insurance broker or insurer as you may have coverage for this type of vehicle damage

The release says that regional crews are monitoring roadways all winter making repairs as needed. It also says that temporary fixes can be completed through the winter, long term repairs need to be done in warmer weather.

“In 2018, Niagara Regional Council is set to invest $9.5 million in road resurfacing and repair across Niagara,” the release said. “This is in addition to the $12.5 million investment made to the roads program in 2017 that saw the resurfacing and repair of 51 lane kilometres of roads last year.”




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