Publish date:

St. Paul man is so sick of potholes he's filling them in himself

He could face a fine for doing so.
Author:

A St. Paul man exasperated with the wait for potholes on his block to be filled in has taken matters into his own hands – by fixing them himself.

Alexander Susuki shared photos of some of the potholes afflicting his block on his Facebook page, some of which he says are 7 inches deep.

"It's gotten kind of dangerous, cars are driving on the wrong side of the road to avoid the potholes and we have increased traffic from the new stadium," he wrote.

The City of St. Paul, he says, was notified "months ago about the potholes and hasn't done anything," to which end he decided to fix them himself.

Starting with a 50-pound bag of "DOT approved" patch asphalt, he started on his repairs, and is seeking crowdfunding to repair the entire 84 (!) potholes he has counted on his block.

He expects filling them all would cost around $500, though ultimately he hopes the city will reimburse the cost.

But he shouldn't be so sure of that. 

While Susuki told KSTP that he just likes to "pay it forward," the TV station notes that filling in potholes yourself violates St. Paul laws.

He could be hit with a fine as a result.

It's been a particularly bad year for potholes across Minnesota, owing to the combination of a series of deep freezes broken up by partial thaws over the winter.

Sign up: Subscribe to our daily newsletters 

Next Up

police lights

Man surrenders after 12-hour standoff at Eagan home

There was a SWAT response early Sunday morning.

Greg Joseph

Vikings radio call thought kick in Arizona was good

From jubilation to devastation in a moment.

pixabay-pain-pills

St. Paul police report 7 suspected overdoses in 24 hours

The department reported that two of the suspected overdoses were fatal.

Mike Zimmer

Vikings miss game-winning field goal, fall to 0-2

Greg Joseph's chip shot attempt as time expired spoiled a late comeback.

Jose Berrios

Berríos leads Blue Jays in first start against Twins

Berríos got the win on Sunday but could the Twins win the deal down the road?

motorcycle

Crash in southern Minnesota kills motorcyclist

The crash happened Saturday at Highway 42 and County Road 14 in Highland Township.

Oli Udoh

Vikings-Cardinals: 5 things you can count on happening

The Vikings need a win in the desert but will they get one on Sunday?

Kyler Murray

How can the Vikings stop Kyler Murray?

The Cardinals quarterback accounted for five touchdowns against the Titans.

Red's Pizza in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

'Landmark' Wisconsin pizza joint to close amid worker shortage

The restaurant has been a local favorite since 1957.

Related

This man has been exposing himself on St. Paul porches

It's happened several times in recent months.

Screen Shot 2019-08-19 at 8.08.05 PM

Man killed in officer-involved shooting in St. Paul

It happened in the Midway neighborhood.

Screen Shot 2019-02-22 at 7.31.21 AM

Hunt for gunman after man is shot dead in St. Paul

Police found the victim sitting inside a van.