City of Duluth: Snow Removal Impacting Pothole Repairs

Ryan Juntti
Updated: January 28, 2020 09:02 PM

We are seeing a break from the snow, which means you could be coming across potholes. The City of Duluth says right now they are fully devoted to snow removal, which makes it difficult to address potholes that are now starting to pop up around the city.


"Gotta love em, man. Otherwise they'll kill ya, right? Dodge em. Just keep your eyes open for em," said Mark Eldin, who lives on Park Point.

Chances are in the coming months we're going to be doing that a lot as potholes are now popping up on roads such as Sixth Avenue East.

"I guess I expect it goes with the territory of being in Duluth, and for us the tradeoff for having this beautiful city, and this great climate that we love, it's kind of worth it," said Joanne Reilly Lamb, who lives in the Kenwood neighborhood where she says there are already a good number of potholes.

"I think the ones on 21st (Avenue East) are pretty monumental," she said.

The City of Duluth says weather will play a big role in determining when potholes are filled.

"I think it's important for the public to know that the same crew that is plowing our streets is actually the ones that are helping to patch and fill our potholes in the spring and the summer, so when we have them 100% on snow it makes it really hard to respond to our potholes situation," said City of Duluth Public Information Officer Kate Van Daele.

Van Daele says the half-percent sales tax is going to help the city address 18 miles of road construction this year.

"Last year we were able to repair 3 miles worth of roads. This summer we're ecstatic that we're going to be fixing 18 miles of roads, and so when you're fixing that many miles throughout a city it's not only helping to patch, and to repair those potholes, it's also helping to have them not exist," said Van Daele.

The City of Duluth has a Winter Watch form that residents can fill out online to inform the city about any problems they have in their neighborhoods.

You can find that here.


Ryan Juntti

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