Updated: 02/03/2014 10:44 PM
Created: 02/03/2014 9:46 PM KSTP.com
By: Tim Sherno
A two month string of snow events and frigid cold temperatures has hindered MnDOT's ability to patch many potholes.
MnDOT Spokesman Kent Barnard says when crews are in snow and ice mode, the primary focus is on clearing roads followed by dealing with snow on shoulders and bridges. Barnard says December and January were snowy and cold and that prevented crews from much routine pothole repair.
Barnard says MnDot was in snow and ice mode 27 of 31 days in December and 29 of 31 days in January. He says bitter cold temperature also hindered crews efforts in performing some pothole repair, "We need to get those temps up to 15, 20, to make good patches to last for a while."
According to Barnard, MnDOT will quickly address any pothole that presents a safety hazard, "If we had a pothole that was so horrific that people couldn't drive around it, we would have to close down that lane. We can't risk people getting injured by those potholes."