It's pothole season, but mild winter means it won't be as bad as last year


There's no ice or snow to worry about on the roads after the recent warm snap – but with spring comes another problem: potholes.

Fortunately, it looks as though the horrendous pothole problems seen following last year's never-ending winter won't be repeated this year, with KSTP reporting that the condition of Minnesota's streets and highways aren't too bad.

"I think we're looking at a pretty positive sort of pothole outlook, if you want to put it that way," Minneapolis Public Works' Mike Kennedy told the news station, saying the lack of moisture over the winter months has led to fewer potholes.

But road crews are not counting their chickens yet. The Faribault Daily News reports that crews in the southeast of Minnesota are currently focusing on temporary fixes to potholes, until they can be sure the cold weather has passed.

"If we get a little rain and we get temperatures dropping to below freezing, those are prime conditions to see [potholes] start popping," Faribault public works director Travis Block told the newspaper.

WCCO reports that Minnesota's Department of Transportation (DOT) spent more than $135 million on snow removal following last year's frigid winter – about $50 million more than average – and notes that Minneapolis needed $1 million in emergency funding to deal with its potholes

If you spot any potholes on state highways or interstates, you can report them to the Minnesota DOT here.

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