MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - The City of Minneapolis is boosting its budget to help its pothole problem.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Public Works Director Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Transportation Maintenance and Repair Director Joe Paumen held a news conference on Tuesday to announce it will use a gravel mix solution for the most dangerous potholes as they wait for the freeze/thaw period to end.
The increased freeze/thaw cycles this winter has contributed to the formation of numerous potholes. The city fills potholes with temporary cold patches until permanent patches can be made during the regular construction season.
Minneapolis encourages people to contact 311 to report potholes. Minneapolis Public Works uses reports that come in from the public, as well as observations in the field, to prioritize work and address street issues, a news release says.
As part of the city's plan, public works is starting to increase overtime and weekend hours, and is also building up its supply of materials.