By Rachel Slavik, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) –- More crews will be on the streets filling potholes in Minneapolis next week. The city stepped in to help by freeing up an extra $1 million to patch all those potholes.

Inside Paul Williams Tire Company, Mitch Mullenbach doesn’t need to see the roads to know they’re in rough shape. He gets at least three vehicles with pothole damage every day, everything from bent wheels to a busted suspension.

“As far as numbers, I would say it’s so far gone up 10-15 percent, but, like I said, it’s just starting,” said Mullenbach.

Half of the city’s repair money will come from leftover general fund money; the other half is an advancement from a community development fund.

“It’s been a very long, hard winter. We had all the perfect ingredients for a lot of pothole formation,” said Mike Kennedy, director of Minneapolis Public Works.

In order to prioritize whether a street needs pothole repair, the crews will take into account the amount of traffic on the street, the severity of the pothole problem and whether or not the street is scheduled for more extensive repairs later in the year.

“Of course we’d like to have every street be first, but we can’t,” he said.

They will then set up routes and work their way around the city, rather than jumping from one bad road, to another across town.

“We want to be efficient with our crews, so hopping around is very inefficient,” said Kennedy.

Four crews will be on the road starting next week in north, northeast, downtown and south Minneapolis.

Mullenbach said one of the easiest ways to avoid damage from potholes is to slow down and make sure your tires are properly inflated, so your tire can take the brunt of the impact.

To report a pothole that needs repair to the city, drivers can call 311.

Comments (17)
  1. FixIt!! says:

    hopefully these crews don’t waste the taxpayers’ money and take 1 hr breaks and 2 hr lunches during the day. this pothole problem is horrible!

  2. Superchik1017 says:

    THANK GOODNESS! I fell into one of these and wasn’t found for two days!

  3. giveit2thehomeless says:

    Dont worry you wont see the money it all goes to the suburbs

    1. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

      The article states Minneapolis, not Minnesota. The City is doing it, not the state. And if it was the state it would all stay up in the Twin Cities area. We, out here in the hinter lands, are not important enough.

      1. Common Sense says:

        Correct. We’re tired of paying to keep your little lands functioning. Enjoy your LGA while it lasts.

        1. Metro Larry. says:

          Right back at you Sarah and Common Sense. We in the metro are tired of carrying your worthless hinterlands. All the countryside sprouts these days is government funded hospitals to care for your obesity and meth damaged brethren.

        2. @Common Sense. says:

          Oh, and enjoy your LGA as it continues since your little corners of the world would wither and blow away without it. Hypocrites.

    2. mark2 says:

      These are Minneapolis city crews, they do not work in other cities (suburbs) Perhaps you should read and understand before you make a post.

  4. $$$$$ says:

    Hopefully it won’t end up being 3 or 4 people standing around watching 1 or 2 people work. Has anyone every noticed this with City workers? What the hell am I paying for? Someone needs to an investigative report about this, put that in your idea box WCCO.

    1. Dereliction of Dooty says:

      Sorry, whiner, that job is best left to the ********* at channel 5.

      1. SSSSS says:

        I take it you must be one of the 3 or 4 people standing around while 1 dude works. How’s that working out for you? Did you have to take a written test on how to watch for 8 hours?

  5. ohoh says:

    Let’s see union workers, one million dollars, hmmmm I guess that money has already been spent on one pothole. Don’t forget to video any of these bums not working and show them on youtube.

    1. SelfServingPunk! says:

      You know, I’m glad I don’t have to work out in the elements 8 straight hours, on my feet, doing manual labor with fear of being caught taking a break or a breather. That **** only happens in China where they don’t have human rights.

      1. thesuperman says:

        You have it so tough. A pension paid for by the taxpayer. You pay nothing for your health care. All thanks to little taxpayer.

      2. ohoh says:

        You get paid breaks, so all other time you better be working buddy, just like in the private sector, or is it opposite for government workers. two 20 minutes shifts on and the rest of the day a break. If you think you are organized, well the private sector can organize too. and we have the right to start videoing you doing nothinlg. way easier to get rid of collective bargaining rights when everyone can see you loafing around. How long does it take from the minute you punch in till you are actually on the job, mmmmm couple of hours I heard.

      3. lefty says:

        Please read the procedure for filling potholes it is not throwing a shovel full of crap in a hole and having a car drive over it. If you and your buds did your job the right way nobody would care about your break times or anything else you do. Just do the job the way it is suppose to be done and everyone will be happy.

  6. thesuperman says:

    Maybe if the Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak was not so busy putting in $50,000 water fountains the pothole problem would not be so bad. How do you free up money? Someone explain that to me. I would like to free up some money in my checking account.

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