The weather continues to not be helping out in regards to road maintenance activities. There is a significant amount of potholes in St. Cloud and all throughout the Midwest. This is due to the extended winter season, extreme precipitation numbers (2022-23 became the snowiest season on record this weekend) and the numerous freeze/thaw cycles that occurred throughout the season.
The cold mix that Public Works uses to fill potholes during the colder temperatures is only temporary, sometimes it only lasts days. This is because it is a soft material and is easily removed by snow plows and/or traffic. The best product to use is a hot mix material. For longer lasting results, it is best to apply the product when the road surfaces are dry and outside temperatures are at least between 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot mix material is available when the asphalt plants open up, which is typically early to mid-May.
The wet and cold conditions last week reduced the amount of potholes filled/patched by Public Works. It looks like we may have two, maybe three dry days, to address potholes until the rain comes the later part of the week. Staff are currently focusing efforts on patching potholes on high traffic roadways. In addition to filling potholes, Public Works personnel are street sweeping arterial roadways.
Residents are encouraged to continue to report potholes by using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 320-650-2900 during normal working hours and 320-650-2949 if reporting after hours. All reported potholes will be added to the list.