Photo by Megan Goodmundson, video and blog post by John Hoff
This video shot a couple days ago shows...
...how rough the ride gets along Washington Ave. N., northbound from downtown, just before West Broadway near BJ's strip club. (Doomed. And good riddance) The southbound lane is just as bad. In addition, there are other parts of North Minneapolis where the streets are getting pretty bad. Most of 26th Ave. N. is a mess, and a portion of 23rd Ave. N. just north of the Holiday gas station is arguably worse than Washington Ave. N., but it's small and doesn't see as much traffic. Part of the issue involves the fact this is a historic cobblestone street. It doesn't seem to get cleared of snow and ice in the same way, so some of the "potholes" seem to be severe ice buildup.
Obviously, the end of January is not the preferred season for filling potholes. It's understandable public officials prefer to start filling potholes when the weather turns warm in the spring. But the situation with these roads has reached a point where it's possible to break the suspension on a vehicle. Something needs to be done, and sooner rather than later.