Pavement research is a huge deal. Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation spends $2.2 billion on road repairs and construction annually. In Toronto, the city spent $155 million on repairing roads in 2013, which included fixing more than 188,000 potholes, a nearly four-fold increase since 2002. Toronto spends nearly $4 million annually on pothole repairs alone.
“You should make it clear in your article that I have gone to numerous municipalities, offering my services for free, and their jaws drop when I show them my research,” he says, his voice rising.
“The key is — you should put in your article — road managers are all well intended, but no one follows through except Kingston.”
The biggest problem with asphalt in Ontario is that it’s adulterated with used engine oil and oil residue as additives.