When winter turns to spring, roads turn into a potentially car-damaging labyrinth of potholes. A new survey from the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America found that over the past five years, half of car owners in the U.S. say they’ve had damage.
Minnesota’s Department of Transportation is hoping the warmer weather over the next couple of weeks marks the end of winter weather. This winter is a big contrast to last year’s unusually harsh winter that forced MnDOT to blow past its budget by tens of millions of dollars.
Crews can patch potholes, but because it’s so bitterly cold, those fixes are often only temporary and have to be redone again and again. That’s where a new company with a hot solution comes in: LEAP. It stands for Low Energy Asphalt Pavement.
Pothole season in Minnesota usually starts at the end of February, and that time has come. But as our winter has been mild, this year may not be as bad. MnDOT hopes our mild winter continues, because the less snow and ice, the more attention they can give to potholes.
Potholes can be a pain for vehicles, but one Minneapolis man literally feels the pain after an encounter with a particularly nasty pothole Tuesday night. Dustin Duarte was driving on 42nd street East and Minnehaha Avenue at 11 p.m. Tuesday night. The rain made it especially hard for him to see how deep the potholes are.
Now that most of the snow has melted on the roads another lovely effect from Mother Nature has popped up – potholes. “I’ve noticed that there are giant potholes on most of the streets,” Jud Nichols, from Minneapolis, said. Potholes are a major problem this year.
Breanna from Anoka asked: Why are potholes called potholes? Taylor from Rosemount wanted to know: What do the red, white and blue ribbons on the floors of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament stand for?
Jim Braunshausen, Mankato’s deputy director of public works, has been working potholes for 28 years. He says this year stands out. “Rates in the top ten of pothole years,” Braunshausen said. What’s also different this year is that he’s got some free help. As of this month, Mankato drivers can use an app on their phone or tablet to report potholes. The app is already popular in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Eden Prairie and beyond.
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Lawmakers at the State Capitol are pushing for emergency money to repair all the potholes Minnesotans are dealing with these days. That’s after a brutal winter has left many Twin Cities roads in need of immediate repair. A bill introduced Wednesday in the Transportation Finance Committee would give $15 million to patch up potholes on highways and city streets.
Signs of spring in Minnesota are blossoming into big holes in the pavement. Long deep freezes followed by quick thaws are the perfect ingredients for what one road official is calling a “killer pothole season.” A pothole doesn’t need to be deep or enormous to cause damage to a tire or a car’s suspension system.
At Parents Autocare in south Minneapolis, winter can get a little redundant. But this winter has been anything but routine. And potholes are peaking early.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota-Duluth have developed a revolutionary new treatment for those pesky potholes: Just nuke them. A decade of work has uncovered the unlikely combination of magnetite and microwave energy, a mixture that could lead to smoother roads and fewer orange barrels.
Yes, it feels like winter today. But if you need more proof that spring is coming, consider this — April 1 is the last day for declaring snow emergencies in Minneapolis.
Patching potholes is an annual rite of spring in Minnesota, but with the latest round of cold weather, the potholes are sticking around a bit longer.
If the 70 degree temperatures we’ll experience later this week aren’t enough, there’s another big reason to cheer our warm weather: It’s already helped a lot when it comes to potholes.
After a rough winter, Minnesotans do not have to look very far to see potholes. Now, some homeowners and businesses are finding out that they need to chip in for the pothole repairs.
The Minneapolis City Council approved Friday to dedicate up to an additional $1 million to quickly fix potholes across the Twin Cities, which has been plagued with potholes after an extraordinarily harsh winter.
Potholes have become a nuisance for many Twin Cities drivers and the City of Minneapolis wants to fix that problem.
Minnesota researchers are trying an experimental way to fix potholes that uses powerful microwaves to heat the patch mix at the very site where the craters develop. As an added dividend, the technology provides a use for taconite waste and recycled asphalt and shingles.
A free iPhone app to report and track potholes has been created by a couple of Twin Cities men.
As the daytime temperatures continue to climb above freezing, city crews are busy patching potholes every day to keep streets in Minneapolis as drivable as possible.
Lessening the pain of Minnesota’s pothole season costs money, and given the state’s shrinking resources, this year could be the worst yet for potholes.
They may be the only bad thing about the dawn of spring. Potholes are busting out all over Minnesota. But why are potholes so hard to fix?
Mechanics at Lloyd’s Auto Repair in St Paul are busy fixing cars that have been damaged by pot holes.