Minneapolis Public Works
Peak pothole season usually starts at the end of February, and last year’s brutal winter left a big and expensive pothole problem. Even though this year is milder, we’re likely to see lots of potholes popping up in the next couple of months.
So far it’s been the tale of two winters in much of the state. We are more than a foot below where we normally are for snowfall total right now. Last year it was a different story. By the end of winter, we were above average for snowfall totals
Snow may become even more of a hassle for anyone owning property in Minneapolis. According to city officials, Minneapolis is aiming to clear sidewalks across the city quicker in 2015. Current Minneapolis ordinance requires property owners to clear sidewalks up to 24 hours after for houses and duplexes, and four daytime hours for all other properties.
A railroad bridge in northeast Minneapolis has trapped another semi-trailer truck under its steel girders. Dan Karst and his wife Linda run a recycling business near Columbia Parkway and 5th Street Northeast, just up the road from a steel railroad bridge where traffic flows underneath. That’s unless the passing vehicle is higher than 12 feet 2 inches in height.
Many communities north of the Twin Cities dealt with the snow for much of the day Tuesday, but the scene was a little less intense in the metro.
As we move towards spring, the upcoming melt poses a flooding risk where you wouldn’t expect it. Alleys and intersections in Minneapolis could be the trouble spots if there’s a rapid warm up. Fifty-seven inches of snow and ice cover most of the city’s 50,000 storm drains, leaving nowhere for the water to go.
Last week’s snowfall kept crews busy with removal and you’ve likely noticed large pot holes covering our roadways. Now, experts say to get ready, it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
Roads are still bad days after a storm dumped nearly a foot of snow in Minneapolis. That’s because the deep freeze that followed the snow isn’t letting up, and neither are the calls to the city to point out problem spots on the roads.
Minneapolis is known as the City of Lakes, but lately it’s looked more like the city of snow. Lisa McCulloch says the snow piles are in the way of everyone’s day-to-day operations. “That’s all you see are snow piles. You trudge over them to keep walking on the sidewalks,” McCulloch said. “Driving, I’d feel like I can’t quite see around that corner or I’m not sure if somebody is coming.”
With 900 miles of streets, it takes a good three days for about 70 Minneapolis plows to get the city curb-to-curb clean.
Record water usage in rural parts of southern Minnesota this year has prompted Twin Cities officials to take stock of their own water usage.
If you’re biking the Midtown Greenway this week be ready for detours.