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Published March 13, 2013, 09:18 PM

The street departments have started patching potholes

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- This time of year we are riding the fence: freezing, thawing, freezing, thawing. And that cycle has street departments all over are working around the clock to fight potholes.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- This time of year we are riding the fence: freezing, thawing, freezing, thawing. And that cycle has street departments all over are working around the clock to fight potholes.

It's the battle of every spring, with the freezing and melting. The result, these giant potholes all over town. And with the forecast not warming up anytime soon - it looks like Fargo public works has a long road ahead of them.

Mary Lavelle/Driver: "Thud."

Catherine McDade/Driver: "Have you driven down that street? It's pretty bad."

Lavelle/Driver: "Chungk, a lot of chungk I guess."

Those sounds, they're mighty familiar. All the way up Main Street. And down 17th Ave. South, 34th and 25th Street too.

Lavelle/Driver:"It isn't anything we look forward to but we put up with I guess."

Just on her way home, Catherine hit one after another, after another.

Catherine McDade/Driver: "There's at least one or two every block so probably around 30."

It's not just like they are here or there either. Public works says they like to come in groups of four or five.

Lee Anderson/Public Works: "They feel bad, they look bad. So, we addressed a lot of those today."

And overnight they plan to do even more. Around three, Fargo's street department will be out in full force, patching the potholes. Problem is, they'll probably re-appear.

Anderson/Public Works: "Spring isn't going to get here as fast as we'd all like I think. Which in turn drags on the pothole nuisance longer."

Chanelle Lende/Driver: "It's ba-boom."

Those clangs and bang can really mess up your car. But it costs the city too. About seven thousand dollars each time spring rolls around.

Lende/Driver: "A lot of the side streets they are working on but yeah, you have a fair amount of potholes which kind of surprise you as you're going through them."

And because of this freeze, thaw cycle that we are on, public works is pulling double duty. They are working to keep streets clear of snow and ice at the same time they are moving into repairing these potholes.

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