Flooding Means More, Worse Potholes

By KBJR News 1

March 21, 2013 Updated Mar 21, 2013 at 6:53 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Duluth city officials say we're approaching peak pothole season and this year will be especially bad.

"We actually started seeing problems with potholes way back in December and January," said Public Works Department Forester, Kelly Fleissner.

Fleissner says the potholes that cover the roads now have a lot to do with the massive flooding in June.

"Whenever water gets underneath the pavement and runs underneath the pavement it separates it from the base that's underneath it and as soon as that happens the roads aren't structurally as sound as they were before," said Fleissner.

Fleissner says we won't just see more potholes, but worse ones. He says the unsound roads paired with a winter of repeated freezing and thawing is the cause.

"It moves that pavement up and down and cracks the pavement," Fleissner said.

Fleissner says they'll bring on additional crews to help fix the potholes.

He says crews have already been out repairing the holes, but there will be a bigger push to permanently repair them in mid–May when the black top plants open.