Duluth Doubles Pothole Repair Crews

Alicia Tipcke
Updated: June 05, 2019 06:25 PM

To combat the increased street repair needs, the City of Duluth doubled pothole repair crews from three to six. Three crews will focus on the west end of the city and three work on roads in the east.

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Extreme weather changes in the past year left Duluth roads with more potholes than usual. The freezing and thawing cycles that occurred during the winter caused cracks in the streets.

"The melt of the snow and the salt that we use on the streets, when it gets into the cracks that aren't sealed up, the freeze/thaw cycle will hydraulically fracture the streets and start making large spider webs," said the Manager of Street Maintenance Chad Bednar.

In addition to expanding their crew, Duluth also received the Paving for Pizza grant from Domino's Pizza. The city was awarded $5,000 for road repairs from the grant. On average, the city typically spends around $1.1 million dollars a year on street maintenance.

With approximately 700 miles of roads to maintain, repair crews average 12,000 hours of labor a year patching potholes.

Crews expect to repair all roads on their agenda between May and November. If time permits, they hope to take a second look at their route to fix any additional problems before winter.


Alicia Tipcke

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