Metro street crews begin pothole maintenanceFargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - As temperatures begin to climb and the snow melts, those annoying potholes are already starting to creep up around the metro. So when can we expect a smoother trip on city streets?
As temperatures begin to climb and the snow melts, those annoying potholes are already starting to creep up around the metro. So when can we expect a smoother trip on city streets?
The freeze and thaw cycle on city streets is already creating havoc for area drivers. Nowhere is it more evident than when you cross the bridge and drive down Main Avenue into Moorhead. Despite there still being snow and water on the roads, Moorhead city crews are already tackling the problem.
Chad Martin – Moorhead Public Works: “We do it anyway; it's not the most efficient and it’s not the most effective, but you can't just let them lay open. So we'll blow them up and chip away at them.”
Moorhead Public Works Supervisor Chad Martin says his crews are repairing potholes on streets like 11th, and overnight crews will tackle part of the very bumpy Main Avenue. But it often seems like a never ending process.
Chad Martin: “They can very well be blown out the next morning at 8 o'clock with morning traffic and the two outboard lanes will be the worst because they see the most traffic.”
Chad Martin:” As you drive over the pothole, the vehicle tires push that water right into the patch and lift it out of there again.”
Across the river, last year alone the city of Fargo shoveled more than 660,000 pounds of asphalt to fill potholes. Fargo is still focused on clearing snow from last week’s storm.
Ben Dow – Fargo Public Works Director: “In the next couple weeks, we'll have our crews out running the main drags then we'll move off into the secondary and side streets.”
There is some good news for frequent travelers of Main Avenue in Moorhead. An overlay and milling project this summer will completely repair the road, but it could be a traffic nightmare.
Chad Martin: “I would think the citizens want to get more familiar with First Avenue and Center because it'll be busy.”
Martin says the construction project will protect Main Avenue and drastically reduce the amount of potholes for at least the next 15 years. Again, crews will be working overnight tonight to fix some of those annoying early spring potholes on Main.