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April 20, 2018 10:00 PM

April Blizzard Creates More Potholes In Sioux Falls

Now that we're nearly a week removed from the April blizzard, snow plows have given way to pothole repair crews in Sioux Falls.  The street department has been fielding about 20 calls a day on its pothole hotline. 

Potholes are blooming like spring flowers in the aftermath of the April Blizzard.  

"As soon as we got off snow duty earlier this week, we were jumping on top of potholes,"  Street Maintenance Supervisor Daniel Whipple said.

All that snowmelt from the blizzard has been gouging out more potholes throughout the city.  Five crews have been on-duty patching the pavement.

"Right now, we're focusing on Minnesota, Cliff Avenue, 41st Street. Then we also have a crew on the east and west half of town taking care of the calls from there," Whipple said.

Perry Groten: We've got our trusty KELOLAND Live Doppler yardstick to see how some of these potholes measure up around the city.  A pothole on 41st Street is more than three inches deep. I'd sure hate to drive over this one.  Potholes are also a problem in residential areas.  On Spring Avenue, just a block from Minnesota Avenue and this pothole here measures a good two-and-a-half inches.
  
"That's probably one of the deeper ones I've seen, but down by Falls Park they've got some, it's just, they need to get on it and get it cleaned up," Justin Schaefer said.

Potholes have been a pricey problem for Justin Schaefer.  He drives a different car now after potholes threw out the wheel alignment on his other car.

"It was an older vehicle, it had issues anyway, but you hit a pothole just right, you're going to do a lot of damage, it doesn't matter how good a condition your car is in," Schaefer said.

Schaefer is glad the city is ramping-up efforts to fill potholes.  To many drivers, the vicious freeze-thaw cycle that punctures the pavement has caused enough wear and tear on their cars.

If you have problem potholes in your neighborhood, you can call the city's hotline at 367-8002.

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