Potholes seeing progress

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After the floods come the potholes.  When the water receded in Sioux Falls it left behind a lot of damaged roads. We find out what drivers are seeing right now, and how the city is addressing the issue.

Talk with local drivers, and it’s not long before you find out how they feel about the condition of Sioux Falls streets right now.

“The potholes are crazy here. I lived here in 1997, and I don’t think they fixed any of the streets since then,” said driver visiting from Sisseton.

Sammi: What do you notice with the roads lately?
Steve Wilson: They’re horrible.
Sammi: Why is that?
Wilson: You pretty much have to dodge the potholes or risk wrecking your vehicle.

A lot of drivers are nervous about what damage from the rough roads could cost later.

“I’m worried about the ball joints. I’m worried about the suspension. I’m worried about the tires,” said Wilson.

While people try to protect their cars, it causes a safety concern when drivers start swerving. 

“I’ve just been trying to dodge them. Stay away from the bad streets and going around them,” said driver from Sisseton.

“You’re constantly trying to dip and dodge them and then you risk getting into other traffic and it’s just dangerous,” said Wilson. 

The city has had crews out 7-days a week since the floods and say they are making progress.

I talked with Sioux Falls Street Maintenance Supervisor, Daniel Whipple, today.  He said as of this afternoon, they only had 25 pothole reports left in the system. He was confident crews would get those and more done by tonight.

If you know of an area that needs repair, you can report them to the city.

You can call the hotline number: 605-367-8002

Or use the city’s app. To download the app for free search for “City of Sioux Falls” in the Google Play or Apple App store. 

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