After a cold and snowy winter – by West Coast standards, at least – the City of Abbotsford has already spent more money replacing potholes in 2017 than in previous years.
To date, the city has filled 1,108 potholes in 2017, nearly reaching its 2016 total (1,110) and not far behind its 2015 total (1,261), according to a spokesperson.
Of the 369 pothole-related complaints made to the city this year, 200 came in the first three months, followed by 100 in April and May and 69 between June 1 and Aug. 24.
The small asphalt craters could not be permanently repaired during winter months due to the cold weather. In spring, crews were able to remove the temporary “cold patches” they’d previously installed and replace them with permanent hot-mix asphalt.
The city has spent $81,493 on repairing potholes so far in 2017. By this date in 2016, it had spent $57,294 and $72,437 in 2015. The grand totals for 2016 and 2015 were $101,200 and $110,230 respectively.
The City of Abbotsford has budgeted $148,000 for pothole repairs this year.