MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – 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.

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MnDOT hopes our mild winter continues, because the less snow and ice, the more attention they can give to potholes.

Last year was brutal, with MnDOT spending more than $135 million on snow removal.

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That’s about $50 million more than average.

Minneapolis alone needed $1 million in emergency funding to fill every pothole, and the work took into the summer.

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This year, we’re in much better shape, and the first day of spring is now less than a month away.