Ottawa

Council to spend extra $2.9M to fix potholes, resurface roads

Council added more money to its road-resurfacing budget at the end of its meeting Wednesday in order to deal with a freeze-and-thaw season that's created a big jump in pothole complaints.
Ottawa's city council has approved extra funds to fix potholes across the capital. (CBC)

Ottawa's city council added $2.5 million to its road-resurfacing budget at the end of its meeting Wednesday, in order to deal with a freeze-and-thaw season that's created a big jump in pothole complaints.

Mayor Jim Watson asked council to waive the usual rules of procedure in order to consider the motion add the funds.

In addition to the $2.5 million for road resurfacing, the city will also spend an additional $400,000 for pothole repair.

Watson said he's heard from residents over the past couple of months about the state of the roads.

"There have been 70 freeze-thaw cycles, which have been brutal for people driving and cycling," he said.

Council approved the plan unanimously. The one-time injection of $2.5 million will come from the city's unforeseen fund.

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