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Spring Thaw Brings Potholes

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Warm weather means the snow is melting and with the thaw comes potholes.

Well the road here at Boulevard and North 14th Street is looking a lot better...as you can see, crews filled a bunch of potholes this morning that were causing problems for drivers. But there's still a lot of work for the street department as the melting snow unearths potholes across the city. 

Drivers are feeling a few more bumps in the road thanks to potholes from the spring thaw.

"I just saw a few spots that are chucking out, being that the frost is coming out of the ground now, but technically it's not too bad," says Marvin Suess of Bismarck.

Crews from Bismarck Public Works are out on the streets filling those potholes for drivers.

But they're patching the main roadways before heading into residential streets.

"Certainly if you have a big pothole and it's a danger, or people are swerving to avoid it, or they're hitting it with their car, might be redirecting them into oncoming traffic, we want to get at those right away," says Jeff Heintz the director of service operations.

Heintz says the Public Works Department knows that some roads are worse than others, but he says those streets could be getting a complete makeover this summer.

"It's just after 30 or 40 years, or 50 years, that the asphalt's, the pavement itself starts to deteriorate and break up so badly that it's more of the gravel at the base and it's not holding together. And that's when you have to go in after all those years of preventative maintenance and do more of a full-depth reconstruction," says Heitz.

A lot of drivers have noticed the benefits of last year's road improvements.

"I think it's much better," says Suess. "They did a lot of work last summer, which shows up now."

But in the meantime, many are taking the usual pothole precautions.

"Just gotta slow down a little more and drive around them," says Bismarck driver Terrence.... 

Public Works crews started patching as early as January with a winter mix to get a head start.

Luckily, public works says this is not the worst year it's ever had with potholes. Heintz says more snowfall back in 2009 and 2010 made for a lot more patchwork.

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