Across Minnesota, asphalt roads crumbling

  • Article by: Kevin Giles , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 2, 2013 - 6:03 AM

Woodbury may have to spend $20 million to fix crumbling street pavement that relied on a state formula for mixing blacktop, one of at least 35 Minnesota cities and counties reporting such problems.

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dflleftNov. 1, 1310:34 PM

EASY FIX...DON'T spend 200 million on tunnels for SW light rail, use the 200 million to fix our roads.

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railroadNov. 1, 1311:41 PM

Just got home from a trip to Germany... Someone should go there and learn how to design highways... they have the best roads... Our roads in this country are crap compared to Germany...

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albundy74Nov. 2, 1312:54 AM

"..no one's required to use it." Nice way to deflect any responsibility MNDOT. Your recipe, your publication of it.

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jimmyjames76Nov. 2, 13 3:45 AM

Asphalt roads that don't hold up? Crazy huh? We've only had decades of proof that tell us that asphalt roads will last about 10 years. What a shock that they didn't last longer in Woodbury. If you need new roads pony up the money for new roads, and stop looking for handouts from the state because you didn't build quality roads in the first place.

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woodpecNov. 2, 13 5:30 AM

The comparison to Germany does not work at all. They have much warmer winters and much more rain than we do. That makes it a lot easier to build highways that last longer.

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johnbaranickNov. 2, 13 7:36 AM

It comes down to using an inferior (cheaper) grade of material, plain and simple. Ever notice how there's concrete sidewalks/curbs from the 50's and 60's that still look pristine, vs. the one's just put down a couple years ago that are already popping and cracking and need fixing/replacing? Cheap and quick. I know in Golden Valley when they replaced the roads, the city was only given a one year "basic construction" warranty from the contractor. Doesn't that just flash "long term quality" to you?

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mnpls123Nov. 2, 13 7:48 AM

"Just got home from a trip to Germany... Someone should go there and learn how to design highways... they have the best roads"-------and also some of the highest taxes in the world. If you want great roads, pay for them. If you want to build on the cheap, then don't complain when they fall apart.

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jrn56Nov. 2, 13 8:03 AM

EASY FIX...DON'T spend 200 million on tunnels for SW light rail, use the 200 million to fix our roads.>>>>>>> we should keep spending money on mass transit until we catch up to other major cities who were smarter than us.

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fwallenNov. 2, 13 8:05 AM

Does MNDOT do anything well?

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Geezer1976Nov. 2, 13 8:09 AM

Notice how the "experts" we hire shirk any responsibility on this. typical, I guess.

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