The Drive: I-394 has a bumper crop of potholes

  • Article by: TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 12, 2014 - 8:30 AM

Temperatures flirting with the freezing mark had many winter-weary Minnesotans cheering on Friday, but Minnesota Department of Transportation officials were cringing.

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jimmywestoneJan. 24, 1410:00 PM

Thanks Minneapolis residents....

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raleighmamaJan. 24, 1410:16 PM

394 was paved with that new porous asphalt several years ago. Guess that stuff isn't as good as they thought.

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mnpls123Jan. 24, 1410:18 PM

I didn't hit any potholes on the train ride home.

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BallFourJan. 24, 1411:41 PM

There's a train between downtown and the western 'burbs? Where do we catch that?

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hittodeadJan. 25, 14 3:39 AM

jimmywestone: "Thanks Minneapolis residents...." You're welcome. As a 25-year resident of the Bryn Mawr neighborhood, I watched as Highway 12, built at grade level, was trenched to create the car gutter that is 394 just so folks from the burbs could speed off to their McMansions. It split our neighborhood in half, exponentially increased road noise, and it was completely reasonable to demand that sound-deadening materials be applied. It's not our fault that MNDot got the mix wrong.

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kenndog54usaJan. 25, 14 8:22 AM

You'd think there is a product that wouldn't buckle, won't pot, and could help in slippery weather. There is, Florida. hahahahahah

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texas_technomanJan. 25, 14 8:52 AM

Make it a toll road, then just maybe there would be enough money to maintain it properly!

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ddellwoJan. 25, 14 9:15 AM

As a native Minnesotan who has lived in Texas for 15 years, I had forgotten how bad the roads got back home until I came back to enjoy some of the lovely weather last week! OMG -- I was sure glad I was in a rental car as I banged and bumped my way down the highway! C I'm coming back for "Round Two" on Monday -- I can hardly wait to scrape my windshield in -20 degree weather......lol

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aviendhaJan. 25, 14 9:15 AM

In Florida, your car gets coated with sand and salt (from the ocean) and then baked in the sun. You don't get potholes, sure, but your paint job doesn't last long either.

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dmhopstockJan. 25, 1410:23 AM

This article failed to mention that a proven technology is available that would enable long-lasting repairs to I-394 to be begin immediately. The University of Minnesota Duluth, in cooperation with Microwave Utilities of Monticello, MN, has developed a pothole repair technology using microwave energy. This method can be used in any weather conditions, including during a snowstorm and in sub-zero temperatures. Instead of using a cold mix, which is almost immediately popped out by traffic and by snowplows, with the microwave technology a hot mix is produced in situ, and the pothole is repaired permanently.

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