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Public Works Fixing Spring Pothole Problems

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It's the time of year again when potholes litter city streets.

The rising and falling temperatures wreak havoc on our roads during the winter months and now we're seeing the effects.

"I'm doing an awful lot of swerving lately to avoid the potholes," says Carol Mercier from Fargo. "They're really bad this year, I think," she says.

We find potholes in different places.

"You'll know when you hit one for sure...boom!" says Brenden Kleve of Fargo.

But we all feel the same way about them.

"It's something you have to put up with every spring," says Susan Schock.

During the winter, it was too cold for Fargo Public Works to get much of a head start working on potholes.

"You can't put product in the back of the truck. By the time you get to the holes it's frozen," says Fargo Public Works Supervisor Lee Anderson. "You got to just throw a few bags in the floor of the truck, drive out, do a couple holes, drive back," he says.

But it has finally warmed up enough for them to go out and fill the pothole problem areas.

"Main avenue is the most inconvenient ride, let's say... from 25th street to University [Drive] anyway, but really all the way to the river," he says.

So that's where you would find one crew today with a spray injection contraption. 

"It's an oil and rock mixture that you fill the holes with and then a dry rock on top," says Anderson.

They say it's a good method for more shallow holes.

"The set up time is relatively quick...you know, 15-20 minutes," Anderson says.  

And it's more cost-effective too. Public Works says it's a pretty average year for pot holes and they're hoping our relatively dry spring helps hold the pothole patches

"At least right now with most of the snow being melted and not as much water to deal with in the curb and gutter, some of our repairs will last a little longer" he says.

Fargo Public Works tells Valley News Live that the asphalt plants won't actually open until about the first week in May, so that's when you can expect to see more significant street repairs in the area.

If you need to report a pothole, the cities of Fargo and Moorhead say the easiest way to do it is on their city websites.

You can find a link by going back to the main page and clicking on the hot button.

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