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POTHOLE PATROL: Freeze, thaw cycle roughs up roads

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Minnesota motorists are well aware that potholes can be more than just a bump in the road. Hitting on can cause some serious damage, and many are beginning to pop up due to the freeze-thaw weather cycles.

"I think I've gone through at least four tires within Uptown," Whitney McNeill told Fox 9 News.

Now, McNeill avoids potholes at all costs.

"It is kind of annoying because I look like I'm drunk driving sometimes because I'm swerving all over the road, trying to avoid them," she said.

This time of year, potholes begin to line highways as extreme temperature swings visit the metro area.

"We've started off with a lot of moisture coming down," Mike Kennedy said.

Kennedy explained that once moisture gets into pavement and freezes, it expands and can degrade the road. Unfortunately, it's not a good idea to try to fill the potholes when temperatures are still so low. Not only is it dangerous for the workers to be outside, but the materials used in patching just won't stick.

"Some of these patches last a day. Some will last into the summer, but you really can't predict," Kennedy said.

REPORT A POTHOLE

Although officials may not send out a crew if the conditions indicate a patch won't last long, they do want to know where road hazards are. As it turns out, in Minneapolis and St. Paul, there is an app for that.

iPhone: http://bit.ly/1mI17Q6
Android: http://bit.ly/1kZsVBo

Potholes can also be reported in the following communities in any of the following ways:

Minneapolis
The City of Minneapolis maintains an online reporting system; however, drivers can also call 311 to report a pothole on a city street.

Since some roads in the city are maintained by Hennepin County, a separate online submission system must be used to report a problem pothole on those roadways.

St. Paul
Call the Street & Bridge Maintenance Division at (651)-266-9700, or send an email to potholes@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

To report a pothole on a state highway or Interstate in the Twin Cities area, the Minnesota Department of Transportation has an pothole map and submission form available online.

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