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Published March 14, 2013, 05:35 PM

Potholes Crop Up on City Streets as Spring Gets Closer

Spring is fast approaching and potholes are popping up on many roads around Grand Forks. Locals say they spend hundreds of dollars each year fixing their vehicles because of damage from potholes around town.

Spring is fast approaching and potholes are popping up on many roads around Grand Forks. Locals say they spend hundreds of dollars each year fixing their vehicles because of damage from potholes around town.

I drove around today and I couldn't find one street without some sort of road decay. On South Washington and Demers just pulling into the gas station we found three potholes on the southbound side of Washington street. Streets Superintendent Mark Aubol says this type of thing typically happens as the snow starts to melt. Aubol says you're more likely to find potholes on asphalt streets, but with all the snow and ice we've had this winter they can happen anywhere. But before road crews can fill in the potholes, all the snow has to melt.

Mark: "What we do right now is we put in a temporary patch because it's going to get pushed out with the frost and the freeze thaw so I do a temporary patch and we may have to go back to the same pothole three or four times."

Street crews will get to work on this late at night or early in the morning to avoid causing traffic around town.

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