Patching Crews on Duluth Potholes: 'Worst I've Seen It'

Posted at: 04/26/2013 6:58 PM | Updated at: 04/26/2013 7:05 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

Melting snow is revealing a big source of stress on Duluth streets: potholes.

City crews are ramping up efforts to fix them, and told Eyewitness News this year the problem is the worst they've ever seen.

Zach Bissell, a Duluth maintenance worker, filled potholes with three other men in West Duluth Friday morning. He said about five other crews were doing the same work around the city, and that holes in streets used the most get filled first. "We hit our main drags first and our residential [streets] last. People are waiting for us to come fix the residential [streets] be patient we're a little behind this year," he said.

Bissell said "it's endless but we make good progress now that the snow is stopped we'll be going hard and heavy."

Kelly Fleissner, the Maintenance Operations Department manager, said the city cut street maintenance funding in the 2013 budget. But the city told us $450,000 not spent in past years is being shifted to be used to address the potholes.

This summer, Fleissner said the city will be hiring a contractor to drive along every mile of roadway in Duluth, collect data about the pavement.

Fleissner said the information will help the city determine which streets need work, what kind, and when.

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