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Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges wants you to report potholes

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Mayor of Minneapolis Betsy Hodges is prepping for spring and wants you to report potholes to help create safe roads.

When you contact Minneapolis 311, the city maps your report into the GIS system ranking the most troubled areas at the top of the repair list, Hodges said in a letter.

"Even if you think to yourself that surely, someone has reported the pothole, go ahead and report it anyway. I'd rather hear from 20 people that City workers need to fix a pothole, than not hear from anyone about the problem," Hodges said.

There's also an app for that:

iPhone: http://bit.ly/1mI17Q6
Android: http://bit.ly/1kZsVBo


LETTER FROM MAYOR HODGES

Dear Friend,

The good news: the weather is warming up again, at least for a while.

The bad news: potholes love warm weather followed by cold weather followed by warm weather. Water gets in small cracks, expands as it freezes, and then creates big cracks. The more often that happens, the bigger and more numerous the potholes get. 

So we are in for a pothole-y spring.

More good news: We are already working on it and responding whenever the weather permits. We know it's been a tough winter, and the City is prepared to patch up our roads as quickly as we can. That includes the potholes already out there, and the potholes we'll continue to see throughout the spring.

As aggressive and proactive as the City will be, I'm asking for your help in reporting potholes. When you see one, contact Minneapolis 311. When you do that, we immediately map your report into our GIS system and make sure the areas that are most in trouble are at the top of the repair list. While fixing all potholes is the end goal, your help in prioritizing them is critical. Even if you think to yourself that surely, someone has reported the pothole, go ahead and report it anyway. I'd rather hear from 20 people that City workers need to fix a pothole, than not hear from anyone about the problem. Whether we do a "cold mix" patch or a permanent fix with hot asphalt, simply put, our streets need to be passable. 

So, please help us keep Minneapolis pothole-free. We're working as quickly as we can to fix the problems and look forward to hearing from you on where they pop up next. I appreciate your help and hope you all see improvements soon. 

Thanks,

Mayor Betsy Hodges


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