February 6, 2019 11:02 am
Updated: February 6, 2019 1:52 pm

Multiple potholes appearing as Montreal weather fluctuates

WATCH ABOVE: Potholes are appearing across Greater Montreal due to the erratic weather.

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The City of Montreal has relaunched its pothole repair operations as the erratic weather leads to more and more cracks in the roads.

“When the water melts, then freezes, that creates a cavity in the asphalt,” said Philippe Sabourin, a spokesperson for the city.

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The road repair blitz had been put on for a few days during snowfall over the weekend.

“We have as much as 12 trucks. Those trucks will fill the potholes and we have some workers working manually,” Sabourin said.

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Residents across the city, including downtown Montreal, Anjou, the Sud-Ouest and NDG, are noting just how bad the roads have gotten due to the fluctuating weather.

“I still think I’m going to fall into one and never come out,” said commuter Toni Swetland.

“The potholes come back year after year after year, no matter how much they fix them.”

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Last year, the city filled in 175,000 potholes, with an even greater number expected this year.

“It’s bumpy. It’s incredibly bumpy,” said resident Jody Mason.

“It’s often very difficult to see the potholes, so you have to kind of swerve left, swerve right.”

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says this could mean injecting more money into roadwork.

“I’m probably going to have to make those difficult choices,” she said.

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Tuesday, Environment Canada issued a flash freeze warning as temperatures plummeted dramatically from -5 C during the day to -22 C overnight.

“So far, we have had 10 of these and there’s another one coming for Friday,” said Alexandre Parent, a spokesperson for the public weather agency.

He noted this is double the usually expected amount — between December and February, there are usually about five days of significant rainfall with temperatures about zero.

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Any potholes or road problems can be reported to city officials by calling 311.

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