MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Spring is pothole season in Minnesota.  And if you’ve ever had an aggressive encounter with the concrete divots, you know they can cause serious damage. And that could mean a significant payout.

What you may not know is that MnDOT will sometimes pay for the damage to your vehicle.

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The damage must have occurred on a state highway, interstate or trunk highway. The condition must have existed long enough for MnDOT to have had adequate time to make repairs.

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Their website says this does not generally include:

  • Weather-related events and conditions (ice, snow, flooding, etc.)
  • Damages caused by other motorists/vehicles
  • Unreported road debris or condition
  • Claimant’s own negligence

If damage happened in the Twin Cities metro area, MnDOT asks that you report the pothole first.  You can find all the information you need by clicking here.

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You must claim within 180 days.  It will take MnDOT about a month to investigate a claim and make your decision.

Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield