March 22, 2010 — The rain in the forecast is helping road crews clean up whatever winter left behind.
Saturday, was the official start to spring and the weather is reflecting it.
Spring showers are helping road crews clean up whatever was left behind from Old Man Winter.
The lack of snow this year has given crews a head start on getting the roads in shape for spring. Not only has this been great news for drivers, it's also been a bonus for the city.
“So far we've spent about 15 million dollars less this year than we have in previous years,” says Myles Currie with Toronto Transportation.
Road crews have been able to spend their time filling potholes and cleaning streets instead of worrying about clearing snow.
The beginning of spring is usually the time drivers dread the pot holes on the road. But motorists may have realized, there's been fewer craters getting in the way.
And that's partly because there hasn't been much fluctuation in temperatures. “Last year at this time we had over 15 freeze-thaw cycles so the roads were in much worse shape then they are this year. This year we’ve had about five,” explains Currie.
The dips and rises in temperature are what help to create the divots.
“The rain or snow makes its way through voids and gets between the levels of asphalt and over night as the temperatures freeze, it expands the lift of the asphalt and as vehicles drive over it, it breaks the asphalt. ”
And that according to Currie, is how a pothole is formed.
It's also been a better year for the environment because less salt has been used on the roads.
For the latest details on what this spring will bring to region, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your Regional Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.