What is a pot hole?
A pot hole is a type of failure in a road surface that typically is caused by a combination of traffic and water saturating the soil material under the road.
On a paved road during a freeze thaw cycle, the water will expand causing the road to crack. This then allows more water to enter the base material causing further loss of material. Eventually, the asphalt layer over these divots collapses, creating potholes. Similarly, a gravel road may become saturated with water and as vehicles travel over the surface the finer materials in the gravel are lost allowing a pot hole to develop.
Who is responsible for repairing pot holes?
The responsibility to ensure roads are in a good state of repair is Township of Tay. Roads are classified (Class 1 to 5) based on traffic volumes and speed. Each class of road has a specified number of days in which to make repairs.
To report a pothole in need of repair. Please reach out to the Operational Services Department with the following information:
- Name of street
- Street number if possible
- Cross street, if applicable
- Size of pothole
If you believe you have damages from a pot hole, please refer to the information at the bottom of this page to submit a pot hole claim.