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Record number of potholes filled in 2014 in St. John's

The City of St. John's says crews have filled 2,823 potholes this year — more than double the number filled in 2013.
The City of St. John's says four to eight crews have been working eight to 12 hours a day, six days a week, to keep up with pothole repair. (CBC)

The City of St. John's says crews have filled more than 2,800 potholes this year — more than double the number filled in 2013.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the city said from the beginning of January to the end of April, crews filled a record number 2,823 potholes.

The number represents a 106 per cent increase over 2013, and a 60 per cent increase over 2012. 

"Our staff has been working diligently to address the conditions of our roads after a particularly hard winter," said Coun. Jonathan Galgay, chair of the city's Public Works Standing Committee.

"Their hard work is reflected in the impressive number of potholes addressed in 2014 to date." 

The city said it had four to eight crews involved in pothole repair, working eight to 12 hours a day, six days a week.

"Despite the difficult winter and conditions that are not always the best for road repair work, our crews are working hard to get our roads in better condition," Galgay said."We certainly are demonstrating our commitment to addressing potholes in the city, and we appreciate the public's patience and understanding when this work causes delays or inconveniences."

In the month of April alone, 992 potholes were filled.

In order for pothole work to take place, roads need to be free of ice and snow with no water in the gutters. Crews also need the elements to cooperate: Potholes can't be filled when it is raining hard or snowing heavily. 

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