With spring flowers comes spring potholes

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BISMARCK, N.D. - With snow melting in Bismarck, the streets are riddled with potholes, and the Public Works Department is getting a head start on repairing them.

Rachel Gitzen owner of Bismarck Tire & Service said if you accidently hit one it's important to get your car checked for impact. Gitzen said: "They can do a lot of damage to a car. They can do damage to your tire and your wheel. They can also do damage to your suspension."

Roads and Streets Superintendent Keith Glass said while the temps are higher this week they hope to get many of the severe potholes filled.

He says most of them occur more on older roads that have more cement, and March and April are the worst months. Glass says with road updates in the last couple of years, they are starting to see fewer potholes. However, temperature changes can cause setbacks.

He says the most difficult roads are in south Bismarck.

"It's so flat and every inlet is probably two three blocks away, so we're kind of moving some snow along the gutters so we got a few areas that have some water problems," said Gitzen.

The focus right now is to target emergency routes followed by collectors streets and then residential.

Glass says the roads will all be repaired when we hit summer weather.