December 09, 2006 11:00 ET

City of Montreal/Operation Pothole:The 2006-2007 Winter Offensive is on!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 9, 2006) - Sammy Forcillo, member of the Executive Committee responsible for infrastructure and roads has launched the Operation Pothole 2006-2007 Winter Offensive. Five vehicles will make more than one pass along 1,000 kilometres of Montreal Island's thoroughfare network to mechanically repair portholes throughout the city's 19 boroughs and 15 reconstituted cities.

"Our administration has declared war on potholes and we are going to apply every effort needed to win in this battle. For that reason we have started sending out crews to prepare the groundwork at the most vulnerable locations in anticipation of the extreme cold spells and the freeze-thaw cycles that do so much damage to our roadways. These crews will operate on a 24/7 basis, when climatic conditions permit, as they did last year" said Mr. Forcillo.

The winter offensive is divided into three phases. During the first, crews make at least two passes along the entire system and particularly its most critical locations, prior to the New Year. The months of January and February will then be devoted to specific operations aimed at offering support to the boroughs and to the related municipalities during the freeze-thaw cycles. From March through May the vehicles will once again cover the entire system to repair the damage done by winter.

Operation Pothole is an essential function. "Since we came to office, we have maintained that the city must refocus its efforts on its essential missions and concentrate on services to residents. Restoring Montreal's thoroughfare network back is in line with this priority and that is why our administration is making unprecedented investments in road repairs. We will win the war against potholes," said Mr. Forcillo.

A budget of $20 million has been earmarked for Operation Pothole 2006, which not only includes mechanized vehicles but mechanical patching, application of thin membranes on warped and damaged surface along with repairs to sections of pavement located in the vicinity of subway and bus stations. Efforts by the boroughs and the related municipalities to fill potholes will supplement those of the central city. In 2005, such joint undertakings served to plug up more than 170,000 potholes.

Contact Information

  • Source: Office of the Mayor and of the Executive Committee
    Darren Becker
    514- 872-6412
    FFI: Service des infrastructures, transport et environnement
    Sylvie Laflamme