The City of Surrey’s patching up 12,000 potholes left behind by all the snow over the past 4 months.
The City only had to repair 3000 the same time last year.
Manager of Engineering Operations Rob Costanzo says the annual pothole repair budget is $1.2 Million, and so far about a quarter of that has been spent.
“We got walloped!”
However, the city’s only been able to do ‘patch jobs’.
The real work starts once the weather gets better.
“we go back in the warmer months to do a proper repair, so time will tell. Likely we will surpass the 1.2-million-dollar budget.”
“There are a number of programs that have been delayed simply because of the extended winter, and so we’ll find some balance there in the budget. We also have emergency reserve funds that we have not had to cut into this winter.”
Surrey usually repairs about 9000 potholes a year.
There is a silver lining, though.
Grass mowing in public spaces is delayed due to the extended winter, so there will be some savings.