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Time to Tackle Potholes

Updated: 05/21/2014 3:57 PM
Created: 05/21/2014 3:51 PM WDIO.com

On Wednesday, some of the potholes plaguing our main streets started disappearing. That's because of the city of Duluth had crews out for the first time this spring, using something called "hot mix."

It's an asphalt mix that binds better to the road, than the material that they have to use in the winter months.

"We are out fixing as many potholes as possible, because we have such a short season," Gordy Wedin told us today. He's a team leader, who was working along 4th Street on Wednesday.

The crews work as a team. One person blows the dirt and dust out of the pothole. Another shovels the hot mix in. Someone spreads it out, and then another person uses a roller to make it smooth.

The long winter, wet spring, and road restrictions kept them from getting out until now.

Crews will be working more extensively next week. The city would like drivers to use caution and patience when they see the crews.

Drivers like Robert Farmer told us it's "heaven sent" that the work has begun. "I think that the city should really make the roads a priority. I know there are other projects, but roads should come first."

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