Underfunding, bad repairs, cited for why Canadian roads are breaking down

Pothole on Heron Rd. in Ottawa.

A soon-to-be completed study of pothole repairs in Canada concludes municipal and provincial governments aren't tracking whether their repairs are working over the long term.

And while they know why their roads are breaking down, most of the government agencies surveyed haven't been spending the money needed to properly build and maintain them, said the study author.

The report, being prepared for the Transportation Association of Canada, also found some cities are doing a better job than others in dealing with the potholes that are the result of the freeze-thaw effects of winter weather combined with inadequate road construction.

Engineer David Hein, who is compiling the report, said there is no magic solution to potholes, despite the claims of some repair companies that their patch products are better than others.

But he said municipal and provincial governments can do a better job filling potholes by properly training their employees — and giving them a little extra time to do the work.

A final report is expected to be completed by spring.