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We know the potholes are bad....really bad, worse than usual.

Street crews are taking action! These include immediate, short-term and long-term actions. To best update these actions we will do our best to keep you informed of them here.

The Grand Forks City Council received an update on pothole and street repairs on March 19, 2018

Immediate, Short-Term Action:

Crews have begun with temporary patches to the most critical areas, Washington St., University Ave., Cherry St. & Belmont Rd. These patches are in the category of "Cold Mix Repair" (see "Cold Mix" below) and are not permanent but will help bridge the gap until the frost comes up & permanent repairs are possible.

Long-Term Action:

Our long-term action is to leverage the new sales tax for concrete reconstruction in key areas to minimize future need for pothole management. In November 2017 the Citizens of Grand Forks passed the Water & Roads Sales Tax which goes into effect April 1, 2018.  Grand Forks will not start collecting that revenue until June 2018. The City has also increased the ongoing maintenance (pothole) budget by 171% with the new sales tax.


FAQ Last Updated March 19, 2018 - 3:45 pm


  • How long will the current pothole fixes last?
  • Does the City fix streets in general?
  • How long does it take to fill a pot hole?
  • How many potholes are filled each day?
  • How does the City fix potholes?
  • What about this brine that has been put on the roads?
  • Where are the crews working?
  • Didn’t we pass a sales tax to take care of the streets?
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On March 9, 2018 crews began making immediate, but temporary (may last only 2-7 days), repairs (see "Cold Mix", below).

Here is a map of the worst areas in Grand Forks people have reported regarding potholes. 

Crews will be addressing these areas first!

If you would like to report another area or specific pothole, please use the GF311 app.


Pothole Map 2018

The Grand Forks Streets Department does seasonal road repairs (fixing potholes) to help prolong the life of the road surface and provide a smooth ride for drivers in Grand Forks.  This work is done in 2 ways depending on the weather conditions - see "Cold Mix" and "Warm Mix", below. 

Cold Mix Repair

When:  March - Mid-May

What:  “Cold mix” or asphalt materials made of fine aggregate/oil mixture

Priorities:  Sharp or deep potholes in wheel paths

Longevity:  2 days – 1 week as materials are heated and applied to cold surface

Challenges:  Repetitive process until surface temperatures provides for more permanent patch

Hot Mix Repair

When:  Mid-May - June

What:  “Hot mix” or asphalt materials made of medium aggregate/various oil mixtures and/or oil/granite mixtures

Priorities:  “Alligator” cracked, larger surface cracks and major/minor potholes

Longevity:  Spring-Autumn Season

Challenges:  Addressing many priorities, avoiding commute times, weather variations


 Before Repair:


 After Repair:

Fixed Potholes

 Longer Term Actions

Many of the roads with the most potholes are scheduled for or will be considered for more long term actions like reconstruction.

One way this type of long term action is possible is by leveraging the Water and Roads Sales Tax passed by Grand Forks residents recently. The collection of this revenue does not begin until April 1, 2018 and reported to the City around June 2018 so projects supported this source are planned for this Summer and beyond.

Follow the collection and allocation of the new water and roads sales tax!

Water and Roads Sales Tax Logo