March 26, 2019 06:22 PM
You've probably hit one by now, or at least swerved rather dangerously to avoid one.
Potholes continue to be a problem on Minnesota roads, but thanks to one St. Paul facility in particular, work is getting done to fix them a whole lot faster.
"We're extremely busy right now," said Cecily Schurhamer, St. Paul Asphalt Manager.
To fix the problem, the St. Paul Asphalt Plant is making their blend of "hot mix" to fill the potholes. It's the only facility open this early in the season. That's why they're seeing a steady flow of visitors from more than 100 municipalities.
"We've had Owatonna, places by Duluth coming, people from Wisconsin," Schurhamer said.
In total, the plant has served up more than 3,300 tons of hot mix since March 13th.
"This is the mix that sticks better in the streets and starts to provide the relief for drivers," said Lisa Hiebert with St. Paul Public Works.
The plant says the most frequent customers in the last two weeks are Ramsey County, MnDOT, and the City of Minneapolis. MnDOT agrees, this season has been worse than normal. The state is even temporarily closing down lanes on highways to make repairs.
With a combination of dry temps and some work, Hiebert says the worst potholes won't be around for long.
"Filled thousands of potholes and we'll continue doing that until it's a much smoother ride for everyone around town," Hiebert said.
Cities, counties, and MnDOT would like your help to report potholes. We've made it easy for your to report a pothole. Just head to our special Pothole Patrol page on KSTP.com. You can send a picture and let crews know exactly where the problem is.
Updated: March 26, 2019 06:22 PM
Created: March 26, 2019 04:31 PM
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