A sure sign of spring, but not necessarily a welcome one, is the emergence of potholes on our streets.
Potholes are a result of the freeze/thaw weather cycles that deteriorate our road surfaces. During the freeze/thaw, water seeps into the crevices of the road. Fluctuations in temperature, vibrations and traffic volumes all create stress on the asphalt road surface, which can result in potholes.
This is explained in a video on the City’s YouTube channel.
If you see a pothole that needs to be filled on a City street, please make a service request through ottawa.ca or call 3-1-1.