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How the map works

Pothole season is well and truly upon us after an unusually cold winter that is expected to take a heavy toll on the roads in the region.

Have you driven over the same pothole every day on your way to work? Are you trying to find the best roads to take through the region? Are you curious to see where the worst roads in the region are? Try out our pothole map, and see what the roads look like in your area, or share your information with others to help them navigate.

You can use the map to spot potholes in your area. Zoom in on the road or intersection you are interested. Then click on the red markers for more information.

You can submit your own pothole by filling out the form above. You must include the location. You can choose to include a comment or a photo if you have one. We have added some markers to get you started. 

If that pothole is fixed, you can use the form again to let us know and we'll update the map. And you can report potholes directly to the appropriate level of government.

Roads that are scheduled to be resurfaced or reconstructed in 2014 as designated by the Region of Waterloo are highlighted in purple. There are additional roads on the construction list, though many don't have determined dates listed so weren't included on our list but can be viewed here

How road repairs work in Waterloo Region

Lancaster and Frederick Sts. Kitchener

Potholes at the intersection of Lancaster and Frederick Streets. (Andrea Bellemare/CBC)

Take the intersection of Lancaster Street and Frederick Street in Kitchener, which is full of potholes, especially in the northbound curb lane of Frederick Street. 

Both Frederick and Lancaster are designated as regional roads, which means the city of Kitchener is contracted to fill in potholes, but the Region of Waterloo is responsible for resurfacing and reconstruction work for the roads.

Scott Berry, the manager of maintenance operations for the City of Kitchener, said a lot of potholes are appearing in seams created by construction on the roadway, "whether through original construction or some utility cut or somewhere the asphalt has been cut and repaired," said 

Shawn Buckley, the senior infrastructure engineer with the region's transportation department, says Frederick Street from Lancaster to Duke Street is due to be reconstructed in 2018. That's when the region is also planning a major planned improvement to the Lancaster intersection.

"It's dependent on severity but it's also depending on funding as to what year these things get scheduled into," says Buckley. "If the pothole repairs are not sufficient anymore, which I think we're getting to that point, we're going to have to look at doing some spot repairs." 

Buckley says those repairs involve taking off the top 50 millimetres of road surface asphalt and then replacing it. The region would continue to patch the intersection as needed until the full reconstruction is 2018, he says.  

How you can report potholes

To get a pothole fixed, it should be reported to the city where the pothole is located, while potholes in the townships can be reported to the Region of Waterloo.