It was either hit the pothole and damage his truck – or swerve to miss it. Allen Moe chose the latter, and he got cited for it.
Moe told FOX 9 that he swerved right to avoid the pothole and then went back into his lane. He was pulled over and cited for failing to stay in his lane, but he's planning to fight the $128 ticket, the news station says.
Moe is in good company. Lots of Minnesotans have been swerving to miss street craters during one of the worst potholes seasons in recent years. And he isn't the only one who has swerved to avoid potholes on Shannon Parkway in Rosemount – even Mayor Bill Droste has done it.
"That's what I do when I drive down this street," Droste told FOX 9. "It deteriorated so quickly here this winter that you have to drive around potholes."
The road conditions on Shannon Parkway have been discussed at numerous city council meetings this year. The parkway is scheduled to be resurfaced this June and the city is confident that will eliminate the problem.
Potholes have been a plague in much of the state this spring, due in large part to the harsh winter and a lot of freezing and thawing cycles, the Minnesota Department of Transportation says. A St. Paul street maintenance supervisor told the Pioneer Press this is the worst year for potholes he’s seen.
Potholes are popping tires and wrecking car suspensions, and in one widely publicized case, causing injury. Just last week, a man suffered a mild concussion and scratched cornea when his airbag deployed after hitting a pothole on a Minneapolis street.
MnDOT and city officials are well aware of the pothole problem and are working to fix them, but all the rain that fell last week made the potholes even worse and kept repair crews off the streets.
Hennepin County has even issued a statement explaining that they’re doing what they can and inviting motorists to use their Report a Pothole form. Dakota County, where Rosemount is located, is using an online pothole reporting system. MnDOT also has a place on its website where you can report a pothole.