Permanent fixes to Duluth's potholes won't begin until May

By KBJR News 1

February 24, 2014 Updated Feb 24, 2014 at 12:17 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Duluth Mayor Don Ness says the city is already addressing, and will continue to address, the costly issues this severe winter has caused Duluthians.

Frozen water pipes have been a major issue in the past weeks during the record breaking stretches of freezing temperatures.

During the few freeze – thaw periods we've seen, water main breaks have also been a costly burden on the city.

But according to Mayor Ness, potholes will only become a bigger issue as we head into spring.

He says the city has a robust pothole program, and will have a better idea of just how bad the issue is come springtime.

When compared to previous year, Mayor Ness says the current pothole problem isn't as bad. However, he adds a series of freeze – thaws would most likely change that.

"Unfortunately, because the hot mix that allowed us to do the permanent fixes for potholes [doesn't] open up until May... there is going to be this gap in which we're going to start to see increasing numbers of potholes," said Mayor Ness, before Friday's winter storm.

Pothole crews will begin applying the permanent patches in May.

Mayor Ness says they'll use a temporary cold mix until then.

Billy Wagness