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It’s Pothole Season, Again.
Scott Neal, March 28, 2011 | Scott Neal
There it is. The dreaded pothole. It is the curse of our streets at this time of year. The temperature changes combine with the moisture and create the failure in our road building materials that cause us drive more attentively, if for no other reason than we need to be paying attention when to swerve.
The City’s Public Works staff has been filling potholes almost all winter in between snow storms. In an average year, our Public Works guys will put down over 2,000 tons of asphalt – by hand and shovel – to reapir potholes on Edina’s streets.
The pothole repair business is an area where citizen vigilence can be really, really helpful. We ask our staff who are out on the roads to be on the lookout for potholes and other traffic hazards, but with the cost of fuel, cost of staff and 200 miles of streets to cover, we do not dedicate any City employees to drive around the city looking for potholes. We catch most of them, but we also depend on the residents to contact us.
The best way to report a pothole is through the web site: http://www.cityofedina.com/form/request_for_service.aspx .
Or if you would prefer the telephone, you can report a pothole directly to our Public Works office at 952-826-0376 during working hours or to our Public Works voice mail box at 952-826-0313 during non-working hours.
Pothole season is upon us, and it looks like an extra rough one this year. If we can get your help to identify the locations of potholes, we can get to them faster and maybe make your ride around town just a little smoother.