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Pothole repairs will slow down 35W even more this week

Get ready for a single lane in the downtown Minneapolis construction zone

As if potholes themselves weren't aggravating enough, one of Minneapolis' busiest stretches of freeway will be squeezed even further this week as crews fill the enormous craters.

The Star Tribune says 35W just south of downtown Minneapolis - already just two lanes because of the never-ending construction work - will be restricted to one lane Monday and Tuesday for pothole repairs.

Fortunately, not during rush hour. According to KSTP, crews will be working 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on the southbound side Monday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on the northbound side Tuesday.

Though with temps continuing to seesaw in the days ahead - we might get above 50 degrees this week - who knows how much more work the roads might end up needing.

How to get potholes fixed

Potholes, if you haven't noticed, have been awful recently. They form when water gets into cracks along the road, then freezes and expands - pushing the surface of the street upward. When the frozen liquid thaws, the surface collapses and creates a pothole. 

Need to report a car-destroying pothole?

If it's on a state highway, you can contact MnDOT about it here. Otherwise, you have to reach out to the county or city responsible for that stretch of road. Here are a few big ones:

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