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Another Bad Year for Potholes

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Keep an eye out on the road, springtime hazards are already out there. You may have noticed your drive across town is a little bumpier than normal. Potholes are popping up all over city streets and highways, and people's car are taking a beating. And after a very dry summer last year, we might be seeing some bad lingering affects.

It's been an expensive couple of years.

Delivery driver Brinn Garletz says, "Spent over 500 dollars now... I drive a lot."

She's seen her fair share of potholes. And popped tires.

"Driving over them and the tire blows," says Garletz.

And more, and more, and more are popping up.

"It's like a big jolt. You go down, come back up and once you go down you year the pop," says Garletz.

"The freeze-thaw, you get water in there," says Fargo Public Works Supervisor Lee Anderson.

It's simple science. If you fill up a container with water and put it in the freezer. When it becomes ice it expands.

"It's just the nature of the business," says Anderson.

But this year may be worse. Fargo Public Works Supervisor Lee Anderson says last summer, the drought took all the moisture out of the ground, causing a lot of streets and sidewalks to buckle and crack. And even though we got some precipitation, it's not enough.

Anderson says, "We'll probably have to assess those issues probably all summer long."

He adds that they're already out fixing the streets. "The large ones that make you say ouch, we'll do those," he says.

And they're prepared for a busy spring and summer. Until then, drive slow and keep an eye out for the bumps in the road.

"It's not fun spending money on tires when it's the city that hasn't been cleaning up the streets," says Garletz.

Right now, the public works department is dealing with the snow as well, so they aren't able to fix all of the pot holes just yet. They're focusing on the bigger ones and preparing for spring, also known as "pothole season".

If you notice any potholes that need immediate attention, you're asked to report them.

Here's a link to report potholes in Fargo:

http://www.cityoffargo.com/CityInfo/Departments/PublicWorks/StreetDepartment/AsphaltStreetRepair/ReportaPothole.aspx

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