City of Niagara Falls Using New Approach to Repairing Potholes

February 15, 2018 NIAGARA FALLS, ON - This winter season has seen a range of fluctuating temperatures, creating the perfect scenario for potholes to develop throughout the City. With the temperatures getting milder and the snow starting to melt, City staff are taking advantage of the weather, working diligently to repair potholes throughout the City.

Potholes are caused by the expansion and contraction of ground water that enters the ground under the pavement. When water freezes, it expands. When the ice melts, the pavement contracts and leaves gaps or voids in the surface under the pavement, where it weakens and cracks; causing potholes to form.

“Like a tray of ice you put in to the freezer, water expands once it hits 0 degrees.  The same thing happens when water freezes in pavement and on roads.  This expansion causes damage to our City streets, especially when trucks and cars drive over it.  Using innovative materials and a newer process, we are repairing potholes faster than ever and getting ahead of road maintenance issues.” – Jim Diodati, Mayor

This year, City crews are using a new and improved bituminous patching material (UPM Permanent Pavement Repair) with a performance guarantee of 12 months. The new material has proven effective and has resulted in increased efficiencies. City crews were able to repair over 95 potholes yesterday alone on various roads throughout the City using 1.5 metric tonnes of the bituminous cold patch material. 

Residents and motorists are encouraged to report potholes they find on City streets through a quick online form, located on The form allows people to provide information to staff, such as the closest street address, intersection and description of the pothole. 

For more information, contact:

Marianne Tikky
Manager of Roadways & Parks
City of Niagara Falls, Municipal Works
905-356-7521 ext 4222 

Posted on: 2/15/2018 9:40 AM - Category: Media Releases