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Potholes Adding Up in Fargo

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City of Fargo crews say their office was inundated with viewer calls after our pothole coverage this morning. But they also say the weather as of late hasn't been cooperating either.

You really don't have to look hard to find them. But hopefully you are keeping your eye out for them. Some of the potholes throughout Fargo are quite large. Just ask Cody Eilertson, a Design and Construction Engineer for the city of Fargo, "the streets never look worse during the year than they do right now."

But Eilertson says we probably wouldn't see so many potholes if it wasn't for our cool weather. "I think this year it was particularly bad for potholes because of the late cold temps we've had. I mean we have had cold temps way into April even into May now," says Eilertson.

Fargo's Public Works Maintenance Supervisor Lee Anderson says crews are itching to get out there in full force and take care of the problems that have added up on the roads "The construction season has been delayed by at least a few weeks," says Anderson.

In fact the city of Fargo is still waiting in these cooler temps for asphalt plants to open up already. Until then they'll be using some less permanent repair strategies, but they would rather not.

Anderson says they'll do what they can in the mean time, "it's a lot more cost effective way to do potholes and to do street repairs. At the end of the day that's what it's all about. Getting the biggest bang for your buck."

The city of Fargo doesn't plan on plugging a bunch of money into permanent fixes on roads that will be getting major facelifts in the next few years. Repairs to roads that would include work on water main replacements or other updated utilities under the roads. So... the patching must go on.

"The goal of pavement management is to keep the good streets good with the resources you have and then to take the remaining available funding and fix the worst ones." Explains Eilertson.

Have you ran across a pothole that needs some attention? Contact your cities Public Works Department. The city of Fargo has created a web page where you can simply enter information about a trouble spot and then they will come and check out the pothole. We've included a link to their website at valleynewslive.com just click on the hot button.

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