Minneapolis declares a victory in pothole war


Minnesota cities have invested extra money and time in recent weeks in an attempt to repel an especially aggressive invasion of potholes this year.

In Minneapolis, street repair crews have been out in force, and are now declaring victory, sort of.

The city this year is spending an extra $1 million to patch up road craters, the result of a brutal winter and relentless freeze-and-thaw cycles this spring.

The extra cash allowed the city to "double our efforts for a couple of months to take care of the worst of the problems to bring us back to a point where we're average," the city's director of transportation, maintenance and repair in the Public Works Department, Mike Kennedy, told KSTP.

Kennedy tells the station that crews were further hampered by a wet spring, but workers are now caught up to where they should be in a normal pothole-repair season.

Do you beg to differ? You can still report potholes to the city here.

Potholes made a number of headlines this year. Late last month, a Minneapolis driver got a black eye and suffered a concussion from an airbag that deployed in his car after he hit a particularly nasty pothole.

Earlier this month, the city of Rosemount dropped a $128 ticket police had issued a driver for swerving to avoid a pothole. The motorist had vowed to fight the citation, saying he had faced a quick decision: Hit the crater and damage his truck – or swerve.

Recognizing that this year presented an unusually bad pothole season, state lawmakers recently approved an additional $10 million for patching highway potholes.

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