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Potholes in Minot

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With spring just around the corner, that means road construction will begin shortly.

But crews are already starting to attack the annual pothole problem on streets around town.

Gary Brode reports on the effort to find and repair the gashes in the streets that can ruin a driver's day.

Driving around town has been a bit bumpy as of late.

Chances are it's not your car's suspension but the crater sized potholes the car is driving over.

After any winter - potholes are expected - but this year is a little different...

(Jason Sorenson, Assistant Director, Public Works) "I would say this year is probably, abnormally high."

The theory behind the growing amount of potholes is the sporadic weather a few months back...

(Jason Sorenson, Assistant Director, Public Works) "We actually had some melting weather in December and January, so you have water on the streets in December, it gets underneath asphalt and it freezes again and it starts popping up some of these chunks of asphalt. That's what we think is going on."

Complaints about the potholes are not on falling deaf ears.

This week a public service announcement declared the city will not be responsible for damage done to vehicles because of poor road conditions.

(Jason Sorenson, Assistant Director, Public Works) "I think a lot of people are frustrated because I think there is a perception that we are not doing anything about them and the problem is we can't fix something with something we don't have.

What the city does not have is asphalt.

Plants that produce it will not open until the weather warms up.

Until then, road crews are filling holes with a substitute material for asphalt.

The product is - at best- a stall until Spring.

(Jason Sorenson, Assistant Director, Public Works) "We've gone and puts tons of it in and by that afternoon it's all pounded out already.

Funding from a street maintenance project from a few years ago will be carried onto this year.

Between that carry over money plus funding budgeted for this year... that equals a lot of money to fix the roads.

(Jason Sorenson, Assistant Director, Public Works) "When spring finally does come, you're going to see a lot of road work in Minot."

Repairs can not begin until temperatures stay above freezing at night.

Sorenson says construction will cause some road closing and detours but most projects will be complete within a day or two.

If Spring means road repairs, that gives us one more reason to look forward to spring.

In Minot, Gary Brode, KX News.

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