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Hennepin County Crews Fill Potholes with 'Hot Patch Mix'

Updated: 04/08/2014 6:08 AM
Created: 04/07/2014 4:56 PM KSTP.com
By: Todd Wilson

With more than 2,100 lane miles of roadways in Hennepin County, there is no shortage of potholes for crews to fix.

Hennepin County crews spent Monday hunting down the worst of the worst. They are using what's known as a "hot patch mix." Jim Myslicki says the mix will take much better than cold patch.

KSTP caught up with Dave Hanson on Monday as he worked on County Road 103 in Brooklyn Park. "This one is pretty bad from 85th down to here," he said as he shoveled asphalt to fill potholes.

"We try to heat it up roughly around 175-200 degrees in the patch truck. And when we throw it in the holes it's going to stick a lot better," Myslicki said.  

Each truck will probably go through about eight tons of asphalt. Three crews cover the entire county which is a total of 606 square miles.

Their goal is to get to each pothole within 24-48 hours from the time complaints come through dispatch.

Daphne Brown says Brooklyn Park roads really need help. "They are terrible, I hate to even drive on them. And swerving around them, that's really dangerous. You just have to keep your speed low and monitor people in front of you and behind you," she said.

Hanson says filling potholes is back-breaking work, but it's worth it.

"Makes you feel good, but you are also helping yourself because you go to drive in it," he said. 

Report potholes in your neighborhood here with pothole spotter.

Photo: KSTP

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