Winter season creates bumper crop of potholes

6:56 PM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - This year's winter weather has created a bumper crop of potholes, but municipalities are working to make sure the holes are being filled as quickly as possible.

How quickly the potholes are filled depends on a number of factors including where you live, the depth of the pothole and how busy the road is.

A pothole a KARE 11 producer called in on Wednesday morning near the Calhoun Beach Club. That pothole was fixed later the same day.

Minneapolis says it prioritizes its pothole fixes and the highly trafficked road like Lake Street is often at the top of the list.

In St. Paul, it's a similar approach. The bigger the pothole or the road it's on impact where crews go first.

Jurisdiction is also a key when it comes to road repairs. Cities, counties and MnDOT all cover certain repairs. On and off ramps for example are under MnDOT's umbrella.

Even if you report a pothole, it can take a few days for repairs to be made. That timeframe can be even longer if there is another snowstorm. That's when those pothole repairs get put on the back burner.

In St. Paul you can call the Street & Bridge Maintenance Division at 651-266-9700 or email at

If you live in Minneapolis you can report a pothole by calling 3-1-1.
You can also fill out the following form at this link.

Additionally, you can report a pothole to MNDOT at this link.

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