Flashback Friday: Pothole Fixing In 1984

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Now that the snow is starting to disappear in KELOLAND, there are some things you might be noticing a lot more of potholes. And while potholes are annoying they’re nothing new.

In this week’s Flashback Friday, we take a look at how people were avoiding the craters in 1984.

Pools of destruction infest Sioux Falls every spring.
The world class potholes come in many shapes.
This is a standard pothole… notice the stiff upper lip.
These resemble instructions for a new dance step… or maybe it’s just an old dance step.
 As you may have noticed, this spring we’re growing a bigger and better crop.
“What do you think about the way these potholes look?”
“I don’t like ’em. Of course, I have to put up with them. But it’s a part of living in South Dakota, I guess. When you have temperature variations that’s the things you’re gonna have.”
Sioux Falls is full of drivers who can skillfully drive within inches of the pothole: on the outside, or on the inside. 
Or with a less subtle approach.
“As long as they miss them, that helps. Because that’s what creates a pothole too. The water standing and the traffic pounding it.”
The city usually mixes about 500 tons of asphalt to fill the holes.
This year they’ll make over 800 tons of the stuff.
But they say it’s a temporary mix, so Sioux Falls finest holes will probably be back with us by the summer.
John Dearing, KELOLAND News.

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