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By Chris Conte

Pothole season: "They're not going anywhere, anytime soon"


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- Higher than normal temperatures are causing countless roadways and parking lots across the state to buckle and break, creating potholes that officials say will only be getting worse over the next month.

"We were just driving and all of a sudden you could tell that it was completely flat," says Jessica Benson of Rushford who popped two tires on her Hyundai Sonata Monday night.

"We only had one spare tire, so I'm like what are we supposed to do now?" says Benson.

Ron Fredericks of Ron's Auto Repair in Pine Island says damaged tires, suspensions and alignments usually increase at the beginning of spring.

"She'll probably spend $300," Ron says about Benson repairs.

"It's going to be a busy, busy season and they're not going anywhere, anytime soon," say Jessica Wiens from MnDot.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has been filling in potholes as quickly as they can but more permanent fixes can't happen until later in the spring.

"They are a necessary evil of the spring thaw cycle," Wiens adds.

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