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Potholes top-of-mind for new Ottawa transportation committee chair

A big part of the solution, says Councillor Tim Tierney, is residents reporting potholes to the city when they see them.
City officials demonstrate a Python pothole-filling machine on June 3, 2019. Photo/OttawaMatters file photo

With peak pothole season just around the corner, those tire-munching street craters are top-of-mind for the new chair of the city's transportation committee.

Tim Tierney says not filling a pothole right away can end up costing the city more money in the long run, if a driver hits a pothole and damages their car and then comes looking for the city to pay for the repairs.

"That's something I'm going to be keeping my finger on the pulse on," explains the Beacon Hill-Cyrville councillor. "The amount of tire damage, year-over-year, and we want to ensure that we reduce that."

As Tierney takes the reins of the transportation committee, he says city staff are quick to fill potholes when they're aware of them. A big part of the solution, he adds, is residents reporting potholes to the city when they see them.

"If I have to lead a campaign on report-report-report, I certainly will do that," Tierney told The Rob Snow Show on 1310 NEWS. "Every time I've reported potholes, the staff have been spectacular."

Tierney also wants to know whether the Python 5000, a type of pothole-filling machine that was added to the city's fleet last year, has been effective at staying on top of the pothole problem.

Jason White

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Jason is an award-winning reporter at CityNews Ottawa. He brings about two decades of experience in news, with stops in Halifax and Toronto.
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