Going rogue on pothole plague: Dartmouth man fills them himself

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Bill Mont fills in some potholes on Canal Street in Dartmouth.

by Metro Halifax staff

The pothole problem in Halifax is so bad, it has at least one resident taking matters into his own hands.

Entrepreneur Bill Mont, known as the flea market king of Halifax, marched out to do battle with three large potholes on Canal Street in front of the Harbourview Market in Dartmouth Thursday, saying they were wreaking havoc on his van.

“You can’t miss the darn things, they’re right in the middle,” he said. “I decided today…I’m not going to beat my car up anymore. I run in here three or four times, I thought the whole thing was gone underneath, they’re deep holes.”

Mont said he’s in and out of the market parking lot three or four times a day. He said he filled the holes with clear gravel and leveled it off as a temporary solution until the city can provide a proper fix.

“All they have to do is tar over it, and they’re all set, they’ve got it pretty good,” he said.

An HRM spokesperson said the pothole problem has been particularly pernicious this year, with more than 8,700 patched since January and another 1,500 still waiting to be addressed.

Jennifer Stewart said crews are working constantly to try and get through the list, but said residents are asked not to take any vigilante action like Mont’s.

“We want to make sure it’s done safely and properly, using the right materials,” she said. “We understand the frustration of not having all the potholes in the city fixed already, but we would obviously discourage anyone from taking this sort of step.”

Potholes can be reported by calling 311, and will be addressed as soon as possible depending on location and depth.

“In general, if it’s eight centimetres or deeper, that’s considered top priority, because it’s a very large pothole,” said Stewart.

HRM pothole service standards (weather permitting)

Main Arterial: depth of 8 cm or greater – 7 business days: less than 8 cm depth – as resources permit

Major Collector: depth of 8 cm or greater – 7 business days: less than 8 cm depth – as resources permit

Minor Collector: depth of 8 cm or greater – 14 business days: less than 8 cm depth – as resources permit

Local Road: depth of 8 cm or greater – 30 business days: less than 8 cm depth – as resources permit

Organizations: Metro Halifax, Harbourview Market

Geographic location: Dartmouth, Halifax, Canal Street

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