The City of Winnipeg has received thousands of calls about potholes so far this year, according to an interactive map where people can see where the complaints are coming from.

The map on the city's Open Data website shows the approximate location of 5,683 pothole-related street maintenance requests, based on calls to the city's 311 line since Jan. 1.

As of Tuesday, the numbers of pothole reports by ward are:

  • Charleswood-Tuxedo — 306.
  • Daniel McIntyre — 507.
  • Elmwood-East Kildonan — 297.
  • Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry — 506.
  • Mynarski — 277.
  • North Kildonan — 186.
  • Old Kildonan — 285.
  • Point Douglas — 441.
  • River Heights-Fort Garry — 462.
  • St. Boniface — 455.
  • St. Charles — 282.
  • St. James-Brooklands — 809.
  • St. Norbert — 262.
  • St. Vital — 350.
  • Transcona — 258.

While potholes has been an ongoing problem among Winnipeg drivers, it seems like there are more of the road craters than usual this year.

A city spokesperson told CBC News the number of requests to fix potholes so far this summer is up by about 20 per cent, with the increase attributed mainly to infrastructure age and rainfall in the spring and early summer.

Another factor that city officials had mentioned earlier this year was a long, cold winter and a deeper frost line than normal.

"I guess because of the major freeze we had this past winter, it got worse, especially St. James and Empress," motorist Scott Wesley said Tuesday.

The city says it has 12 pothole-patching crews working on a daily basis, along with up to seven road patchers.

Website touted as data hub

The city launched its Open Data website earlier this month, touting it as a "hub where City of Winnipeg data is available to the global, online community" for use by researchers, software developers and others.

The pothole map is among more than 60 maps, data sets, charts and calendars that are included in the Open Data catalogue.

"The catalogue provides searchable access to data including 311 data, building permits, locations of recreation facilities, and census data," the city said in a news release from July 8.

The city says the information in its Open Data portal is updated weekly, but it's moving toward updating the website on a daily basis.

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