Toronto road crews plan one last pothole blitz as warmer weather moves in

The weather's starting to feel almost like summer but the clean-up from winter is far from over.

New data from Toronto city hall shows that so far this year, road crews have filled more than 130,000 potholes.

By this time last year, a little more than 96,000 craters had been filled.

City officials announced plans on Wednesday for one last pothole blitz before crews move on.

Starting this month, 25-30 road crews will work extra hours on weekdays to tackle a backlog of at least 1,200 potholes and other road repairs.

The project is expected to last about 2 weeks.

Mayor John Tory calls the push 'unprecedented' for the city's maintenance department.

"We simply have to break the back of this (issue) and make sure that we do that in the interest of safety," he says.

Tory expects the catch-up work will add 'a few hundred thousand dollars more' to city hall's overall road maintenance budget.

The city also has plans in the coming days for overnight lane closures on the Gardiner Expressway, near the Exhibition Grounds.

Tory says crews will fix pavement that's been damaged by a winter that saw several freeze-and-thaw cycles.