DULUTH - If you're already feeling the bumpy ride to work during this early February, you aren't alone.
But, you'll be happy to know the Mayor's on the case for temporary fixes.
Duluth's aging infrastructure and extreme weather conditions have historically done a number on the streets of Duluth.
Now, with a fresh pothole season quickly approaching, crews are already out and about.
Right now, they're using a cold mix. It's not a permanent fix, but it's the best they can do during the harsh winter.
Once we hit May, the city can break out the hot mix, which is a permanent fix to the damaged roads.
Mayor Don Ness says the condition of the streets is one of his biggest priorities and they're spending resources on what's called "crack sealing" to start repairing broken roadways.
He told us, "We're seeing that very effective on the streets that we have been able to treat with the crack sealing, we see many fewer potholes than we did even a few years ago."
The city, as many know, has lost its primary revenue source for creating new roads because of the ongoing contract issues with the Fon Du Luth Casino.
So, Ness says the limited dollars are being used creatively to extend the life of the existing roads.
The moisture in the cracks of the roads create potholes through thawing and refreezing.
With the consistent cold temperatures we've had it's actually helping to prevent potholes from forming.