MARKHAM, ON – May 5, 2021 – As the City of Markham braces to enter a second summer with the ongoing pandemic, the Operations department is working hard to deliver road, park and trail maintenance services so residents can safely enjoy public outdoor spaces in the months ahead. In the meantime, a provincewide State of Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order remain in effect.

“The City of Markham continues to maintain a superb state of good repair on our road infrastructure and exceeds provincial standard when it comes to our road rehabilitation programs,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “We’ve accomplished this by financially investing in our roads, making fact-based decisions and using innovative methods. Thank you to our Operations team for their ongoing commitment to excellence and for working safely to keep our parks, trails, ponds and open spaces clean and well maintained.”

Markham’s road rehabilitation efforts are among the best in the province, with a significant portion of the City’s roads in a state of good repair. Every year, road and sidewalk surfaces are proactively inspected, treated and repaired using environmentally friendly methods. In 2020, approximately 3,500 potholes were repaired, a number well above the provincial standard.

This Spring, Markham is expanding a pilot with Visual Defence Inc. that uses artificial intelligence (AI) software to detect and log potholes. This year, the pilot will be expanded to also detect other surface continuities - so repair crews can respond quickly and efficiently.

In testament to this innovative pilot, the City of Markham is the proud co-recipient of the 2020 Ontario Good Roads Association John Niedra Better Practices Award which recognizes innovation and achievement that improves the efficiency of municipal transportation and public works services and operations.

Markham’s investments in transportation planning, infrastructure, education and programming have also earned the City its most recent recognition - a Silver Bicycle Friendly Communities Award from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

Crews are currently cutting grass, making repairs, and cleaning up litter in parks, open spaces and trails. Residents are reminded to follow public health guidelines at all times to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes continuing to physical distance when walking or riding through parks and trails and to wear a face mask if physical distancing becomes difficult.

Street trees will continue to be pruned as Markham enters its second year of the Neighbourhood Tree Maintenance Program. Crews are also working to help reduce the gypsy moth populations in Markham. Learn how you can protect the trees on your property from this invasive species at markham.ca/trees.

Help Keep Markham Beautiful and dispose of used facemasks, gloves and wipes in park garbage bins or bring them home for curbside pick-up. Household waste and pet waste belong in the correct container for curbside pick-up at your home. Please do not litter in our parks and open spaces. Use Markham’s “What Goes Where” tool on the Access Markham mobile app or on the City website if you need more information.

Members of the public can report potholes, damaged amenities or request street tree service online at markham.ca, by calling the Contact Centre at 905.477.5530 or by e-mail at customerservice@markham.ca.

Watch Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti provide an update of 2021 Spring Maintenance activities in this video:

To protect yourself and others from COVID-19 while waiting for your vaccine, please continue to follow public health recommendations. As we navigate the pandemic together, the City of Markham continues to monitor and follow advice from public health officials at the federal, provincial and regional levels.

It is critically important that we each continue to do our part to keep one another safe. It is not the time to let your guard down. Every action counts.

Visit markham.ca/covid19 for more information.

Related links:

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Bryan Frois, Chief of Staff at bfrois@markham.ca or 416.567.1177.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:
Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with more than 351,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 650 headquartered companies and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 234 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and event.

MARKHAM, ON – May 5, 2021 – As the City of Markham braces to enter a second summer with the ongoing pandemic, the Operations department is working hard to deliver road, park and trail maintenance services so residents can safely enjoy public outdoor spaces in the months ahead. In the meantime, a provincewide State of Emergency and Stay-at-Home Order remain in effect.

“The City of Markham continues to maintain a superb state of good repair on our road infrastructure and exceeds provincial standard when it comes to our road rehabilitation programs,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “We’ve accomplished this by financially investing in our roads, making fact-based decisions and using innovative methods. Thank you to our Operations team for their ongoing commitment to excellence and for working safely to keep our parks, trails, ponds and open spaces clean and well maintained.”

Markham’s road rehabilitation efforts are among the best in the province, with a significant portion of the City’s roads in a state of good repair. Every year, road and sidewalk surfaces are proactively inspected, treated and repaired using environmentally friendly methods. In 2020, approximately 3,500 potholes were repaired, a number well above the provincial standard.

This Spring, Markham is expanding a pilot with Visual Defence Inc. that uses artificial intelligence (AI) software to detect and log potholes. This year, the pilot will be expanded to also detect other surface continuities - so repair crews can respond quickly and efficiently.

In testament to this innovative pilot, the City of Markham is the proud co-recipient of the 2020 Ontario Good Roads Association John Niedra Better Practices Award which recognizes innovation and achievement that improves the efficiency of municipal transportation and public works services and operations.

Markham’s investments in transportation planning, infrastructure, education and programming have also earned the City its most recent recognition - a Silver Bicycle Friendly Communities Award from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition.

Crews are currently cutting grass, making repairs, and cleaning up litter in parks, open spaces and trails. Residents are reminded to follow public health guidelines at all times to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This includes continuing to physical distance when walking or riding through parks and trails and to wear a face mask if physical distancing becomes difficult.

Street trees will continue to be pruned as Markham enters its second year of the Neighbourhood Tree Maintenance Program. Crews are also working to help reduce the gypsy moth populations in Markham. Learn how you can protect the trees on your property from this invasive species at markham.ca/trees.

Help Keep Markham Beautiful and dispose of used facemasks, gloves and wipes in park garbage bins or bring them home for curbside pick-up. Household waste and pet waste belong in the correct container for curbside pick-up at your home. Please do not litter in our parks and open spaces. Use Markham’s “What Goes Where” tool on the Access Markham mobile app or on the City website if you need more information.

Members of the public can report potholes, damaged amenities or request street tree service online at markham.ca, by calling the Contact Centre at 905.477.5530 or by e-mail at customerservice@markham.ca.

Watch Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti provide an update of 2021 Spring Maintenance activities in this video:

To protect yourself and others from COVID-19 while waiting for your vaccine, please continue to follow public health recommendations. As we navigate the pandemic together, the City of Markham continues to monitor and follow advice from public health officials at the federal, provincial and regional levels.

It is critically important that we each continue to do our part to keep one another safe. It is not the time to let your guard down. Every action counts.

Visit markham.ca/covid19 for more information.

Related links:

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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti's Office:
Bryan Frois, Chief of Staff at bfrois@markham.ca or 416.567.1177.

All other media inquiries / interview requests for the City of Markham:
Jennifer Yap, Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations at jyap@markham.ca or 437.229.2450.

For COVID-19 announcements from the City of Markham:
Visit markham.ca/covid19 or listen to 105.9 The Region – Markham’s information and emergency radio station.

About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with more than 351,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 650 headquartered companies and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 234 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy.

Stay Connected: Visit our newsroom or search #MarkhamNews and #MarkhamEvents for the latest information on City programs, services and event.