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Potholes Persist

March 10, 2014, 10:04 PM by Don Jorgensen

Potholes Persist

The month of March is off to a bumpy start. A growing number of potholes are popping up all over on Sioux Falls' streets. City crews have ramped up efforts to repair them, but they're running into some problems.

It's been a bone-jarring drive around Sioux Falls lately.  Potholes appear to be everywhere this year.

"I think we have more this year than we did last year; it wasn't as cold last year as it was this year," Patty Steuck of the City Street Department said.

Steuck is part of two city crews that have been driving around patching potholes.

"This one here and the one on 18th & Phillips, they are really bad and I did one on 6th and Foss that was huge," Steuck said.

Even though there are no pothole prizes, size matters.

"This one here is second place because it's pretty deep," Steuck said.

Because of the warm weather and melting snow, crews are running into problems when it comes to patchwork.

"They're all under water right now, so they are just going to stay until the water goes away, so we can really patch them," Steuck said.

People can use the city's hotline to report potholes and they have been.

Four weeks ago, the city was fielding about two calls a day.  Now that the weather has warmed up, city officials say they are taking about a dozen calls a day.

With more cold weather in the forecast, the pothole patrol will likely persist.

The city has spent over $55,000 since November first patching potholes.  If you'd like to report a pothole to the city, call 367-8002.

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