Let’s do something about potholes

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Let’s do something about potholes!

Cities and townships can choose an permanent end to potholes! Concrete is the alternative that lasts and lasts without constant pothole repairs. Get the word out.

1) Talk to your neighbors

“Hey, did you know we can end potholes for good?” Ask them to email or call their city council representative to get concrete and asphalt bids for your street. Share this website with them! There are all kinds of resources in this website’s blog to help you understand how concrete differs from asphalt. Here are a few good backgrounders:

2) Write a Letter to the Editor

Send a letter to your local newspaper editor after a news story about upcoming street projects. Feel free to copy and paste this and send it to your editor.

Headline: Let’s say bye bye to potholes for good

We think we’re stuck with potholes. That is not true. They don’t have to exist at all. It’s just that our city keeps paving with asphalt, which is the breeding ground for potholes. There’s an alternative type of pavement that doesn’t form potholes: Concrete.

Some city engineers and council members argue that concrete streets cost too much. How do they know? There’s only one way to find out: The council must gets bids for both asphalt and concrete for the next set of street construction projects. Once the bids are in, the council must also look at the upfront capital investment AND annual maintenance costs for the next 25 years. 

Concrete frees up annual, general operating money that the city can spend on other priorities. And concrete frees us all from avoiding potholes and repair crews. Imagine a pothole-free life!

If we really want the biggest bang for the taxpayer buck, the city must consider concrete as a viable alternative to asphalt.

And if the city actually cares about ending potholes, it can choose to pave with concrete and say “bye bye” to potholes on our streets forever.    

Everyone can learn more about how to end potholes here: byebyepotholes.com

Your name, address

3) Call a city council member

Use these key talking points and add in your own experience with potholes

Hi, I’m (First Name Last Name), I live at (address) and I’ve been a resident for (X years) and I’d like to see a permanent solution to potholes on my street. Can I have about 15 minutes of your time to talk about this? 

  1. First, I want to thank you for your service on the council. I appreciate how you’re giving so much time and energy to making our community better.
  2. Second, I’m not calling to complain but propose a solution to these recurring potholes.
  3. We think we’re stuck with potholes but that’s not true. We keep getting potholes because we keep paving with asphalt, which breaks down into potholes. Concrete doesn’t break down like that. I’m calling you to make a case for paving my street with concrete.
  4. You might argue that concrete streets cost too much, but how do you know that? Do you see bids for both asphalt and concrete?
  5.  Many cities are paving some streets with concrete because they know there’ll be no potholes to maintain year after year. This make taxpayers happy. It also frees up their annual operating budget for other priorities.
  6.  I request that our city council get bids for both asphalt and concrete for our next set of street projects. Our city engineer can get free help comparing short-term and long-term costs of streets through a service of the concrete industry
  7.  You’ll see that concrete may cost more initially, but it costs far less to maintain over the life of the street.
  8. Will you please commit to reducing the number of potholes for good in get bids for both asphalt and concrete for our city street projects. Give us all a chance for a pothole-free life!

Resources to help you take action

To get started with reaching out to your elected officials, here is website and pothole reporting information for dozens of cities and counties in Minnesota. Almost every city in Minnesota has a pothole reporting page because they get so many complaints.

Cities

Albert Lea
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Alexandria
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Bemidji
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Blaine
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Bloomington
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Brainerd
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Burnsville
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Coon Rapids
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Cottage Grove
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Duluth
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Eden Prairie
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Edina
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Faribault
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Lake City
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Lakeville
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Mankato
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Minneapolis
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Minnetonka
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Moorhead
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Northfield
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Owatonna
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Plymouth
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Red Wing
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Rochester
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Shakopee
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

St. Cloud
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

St. Louis Park
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

St. Paul
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Stillwater
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Willmar
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Winona
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Woodbury
Website | City Council | Report a Pothole

Counties

Anoka
Website | County Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Becker
Website | County Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Beltrami
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Benton
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Blue Earth
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Chisago County
Website | County Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Clay
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Cottonwood County
Website | County Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Crow Wing
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Dakota
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Douglas
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Freeborn
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Goodhue
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Hennepin
Website | County Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Itasca
Website | County Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Jackson
Website | County Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Kandiyohi
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Le Sueur
Website County Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Martin
Website | County Commissioners | Report a Pothole

McLeod
Website | County Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Mower
Website | County Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Nicollet
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Olmstead
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Pipestone
Website | County Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Ramsey
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Redwood
Website | County Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Rice
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Scott
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Sherburne
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Stearns
Website | County Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Steele
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

St. Louis County
Website | County Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Wabasha
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Washington
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole

Winona
WebsiteCounty Commissioners | Report a Pothole