It’s the time of year when moving around Montreal is like driving an obstacle course. Potholes, cracks and crumbling asphalt are making their annual appearance.
“There are potholes everywhere, you try to avoid one and you end up hitting the next one,” one driver told Global News.
You don’t have to drive far before you run into trouble. The province’s infrastructure is deteriorating.
Some of the worst conditions are found on highways, ramps, bridges and overpasses. It’s not uncommon to hear about people having to bring their cars to local garages for repairs.
The Quebec government plans to spend almost $75 million during the next three years to repair provincial roads in the Montreal area. That’s almost 70 per cent more than what was announced last year.
But it’s a constant game of catch up. Rebuilding the roads in the winter isn’t an option.
So Transport Quebec has little choice but to do patchwork before making more extensive repairs in the summer.
“With the weather today, it’s not possible to do something that will pass time. It’s very temporary,” Martin Girard, Transport Quebec spokesperson told Global News.
Girard adds his department is looking at other provinces and countries to see what can be done to build better roads in the future.