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Spring Thaw Has Crews Working On Pothole Prevention - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Spring Thaw Has Crews Working On Pothole Prevention

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The sun is shining and many people are out enjoying our warm temperatures, but the melting is also creating problems.

The Fargo Park District will be raising the Oak Grove Pedestrian Bridge Tuesday morning to prepare for the rising river.

City crews are out cleaning up flooded streets by steaming the drains before they lead to bigger problems.

"Right now we have four crews out steaming like this here," says Tony Fennell the Fargo Public Works Supervisor, "and we want to get as much of the drains out as much as we possibly can right now, before they start damaging the roads."

Many of the cities drains are blocked with ice but the sitting water causes more problems than just getting your boots wet.

"That's where the pot holes come from." Tony says with a sigh.

"Too much water will create more pot holes," says City of Fargo Operator Jon Fogel, "and with the traffic going over it creates pot holes."

If the crews can't get water down the drain and the temperature drops at night all that puddled water could become frozen.

"Right now we're very lucky it's not freezing at night." Tony says.

"If it freezes you get a lot of ice build up and that creates a traffic hazard." Jon agrees.

So the crews are trying to work quickly with the warm weather, so they have less potholes to patch in the spring.

"Keeping it from getting to be a mess." Jon laughs.

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