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Pothole season can mean not only damaged cars but injured cyclists, experts warn

Pothole season can mean not only damaged cars but injured cyclists, experts warn

City of Toronto expects to fill 175,000 potholes this year alone Hitting a pothole can crack a rim and shred a tire, which is what…

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City of Toronto expects to fill 175,000 potholes this year alone

Hitting a pothole can crack a rim and shred a tire, which is what happened to a vehicle that mechanic Mark Sachs-Anderson was working on this week. (Grant Linton/CBC) As temperatures soar into the double digits this weekend, experts are warning motorists and cyclists to beware of a not-so-hidden danger: the annual advent of pothole season in Toronto.

It’s too early to say whether this season will be worse than springs past. But mechanic Mark Sachs-Anderson says he’s already seeing plenty of damage.

"I figure we’ve got another couple of weeks and then I’m going to see a lot more coming in," Sachs-Anderson told CBC News. He’s says a pothole can wreak havoc not only on tires and wheels and other parts of your vehicle.

We’ll see where the tire has actually bent the rim. It can take out shocks quite easily, but number one is that it’s going to take out the alignment." Mark Mills, Toronto’s superintendent of road operations, says the city will fill about 175,000 potholes by the end of this year. (CBC) City crews have already fixed 15,000 potholes so far this year, according to roads manager Mark Mills. He says by the end of the year, his crews will have fixed 175,000 potholes on a budget of $4.4 million.

This weekend’s weather is just right for pothole creation, according to MIlls.

"This type of situation happens every year in every major city across our country. We’re seeing a […]

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