Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- One benefit of the mild winter and early thaw may be less wear and tear on your car.
City officials are anticipating fewer potholes, saying that a combination of the warm winter and a push to fix this problem last summer has left maintenance crews with less work this spring.
When moisture seeps into cracks in the concrete, its freezes and creates pressure.
When cars drive over these cracks and add more pressure, the pothole is formed.
This is the reason city officials say potholes will be less of an issue this summer.
Less snow has created an ideal situation for city crews who have been patching for a couple of weeks now.
An aggressive patching project last summer is already easing the pothole stress for northlanders.
Officials say a new patching material used through out Duluth has yielded positive results.
"It's sort of a mastic type unit or product that really sticks well in the hole. It requires a little more pre work because the hole has to be cleaned out well but it has a longer residual impact on it and I know we are using it in more locations this year"
There were four crews around town today taking advantage of the snow less conditions.
Crews are reporting fewer potholes as they drive around Duluth fixing the problem areas.