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Published April 18, 2013, 06:05 PM

Potholes keeping public works busy, drivers frustrated

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Two things seem almost certain during Spring in our area: Floods and potholes. City crews have been working around the clock to keep up with the potholes.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Two things seem almost certain during Spring in our area: Floods and potholes. City crews have been working around the clock to keep up with the potholes.

I'm here along Main Avenue in Fargo, where there are some of the worst potholes in town. Officials say this road is the most prone to potholes because it's one of the busiest in the city.

When driving down Main Avenue and many other roads around town, it may feel more like an off road journey. Bump after bump, hole after hole.

Joe Provost, Fargo: “It's a game of dodge, how far over do you go over in the lane to avoid the potholes and not hit someone else. It gets real hard when the big trucks are out there.”

Joe Provost drives on Main Avenue daily, but with anything but smooth roads he now takes an alternate route.

Provost: “They're huge, they're deep. I've got a new leased car here. I'm afraid of maybe damaging it.”

Mark Williams, Public Works Service Manager: “It's been challenging this year, based on the long thaw in the Spring that we've had and the freeze thaw daily.”

The weather is forcing the City of Fargo to use a cold mix. It acts as a substitute for what would normally be hot asphalt. One major problem, in some cases it only lasts up to one day.

Williams: “What happens is, it gets cold at night, the holes still have water in them, they freeze, it pops back out.”

For smaller holes a spray patch machine is used.

Williams: “This shoots a combination of tack oil and granite chips out that helps fill the hole.”

Once the weather dries out and warms up hot asphalt, a more permanent solution will be poured. Unfortunately with more wet and cold weather in the forecast it's safe to say hold on it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Street crews usually work past 11 p.m. so traffic isn't disrupted. If you know of a pothole that is a traffic concern you are asked to call public works.

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