Potholes result from a combination of pavement fatigue, poor soil support and moisture. They form most often in the spring during the freeze/thaw cycles. Water enters through cracks in the pavement and from the sides of the road and is trapped. Freezing causes the trapped water to expand, and when followed by a thaw leaves a void where the water was once before. Continuous freeze/thaw cycles causes the pavement to break into pieces and when loosened by traffic result in a pothole.
The Town is doing all that it can to repair all potholes, but we ask that residents be careful when driving to avoid any mishaps and to take time out to report any potholes they encounter.
To report potholes or defects in the road:
Contact the Public Works Department at 519-485- 0120 or email@example.com
Provide the exact address and location of the problem
A combination of pavement fatigue, poor soil and moisture combine to cause potholes. They form most often in the spring during repeated cycles of freezing and thawing. Water enters through cracks in the pavement and from the sides of the road, and is trapped. When the water freezes, it expands, and after it thaws, it leaves a void where the water was once before. Continuous freezing and thawing causes the pavement to break into pieces and when traffic loosens the pieces, a pothole results.
The material used to patch potholes doesn’t stick as well to the surrounding pavement when it is cold or wet, so repairs made in the winter may not last as long as on dry, warm pavement. We can’t wait for dry weather to fill potholes, however, because we must maintain safety. In late December and the beginning of January, asphalt plants are closed, and hot asphalt is not available. Instead, during these weeks, we use a “cold mix.” Pothole repairs made under adverse conditions may not last as long, but the potholes still need to be filled for reasons of safety.
If the cause of the pothole is not corrected, such as water getting under the pavement, pothole patches may fail, or more potholes will continue to form. The long-term solution is to repave the street, and in some cases, to reconstruct the street from the ground up, and from curb to curb. Potholes are also temporary repairs. That said, some pothole repairs last longer than others.