Hennepin County says it didn't know about pothole that gave man concussion [PHOTO]

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A Hennepin County spokesperson tells us officials hadn't heard about an axle-busting south Minneapolis pothole near the intersection of 46th Street and Minnehaha Avenue that concussed a man until Fox 9 put together a story about it for last night's 9 o'clock news.

Workers "didn't know that was there but saw the story," Kayla Bromelkamp, public affairs officer for Hennepin County, says. "They went out there this morning and fixed it immediately."

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Dustin Duarte told Fox the pothole, which he hit while driving westbound on 46th Street just past Minnehaha Avenue, caused the airbags to deploy in the 1994 Geo Metro he purchased last year for $500. The impact sent him to the hospital for facial injuries and a minor concussion.

He certainly looked the worse for wear afterward: "I feel like there should be no driving surfaces in our city where, if you're just driving normally over and not speeding, where your airbags pop off in your face," Duarte told Fox. "I don't want anyone else to get hurt. I don't want money from anyone. I want this issue to be dealt with."

Bromelkamp says the county would like to deal with problem potholes as soon as they can, but they have to be aware of them first. (In case it isn't clear already, 46th Street is a county road.)

"We do take reports through the phone, fax, over the internet, and through our website, and crews will go out and patch those ASAP," she says. (The county's pothole complaint form can be accessed here.)

This spring has been a particularly brutal one for local roads, Bromelkamp adds.

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kurt124
kurt124 topcommenter

Mpls, Met Council, 7 Cty Metro, DFL, Central Planners, Statist Democrats want pot holes gang!  It gives them another argument for silly, idiotic Light Rail boondoggle choo choo trains.   That and they are too busy picking your pocket for other Social Engineering projects. 

draggler
draggler

Can any of you tell me how many lane miles there are of County roadway? The problem is everyone sees the potholes, they know they are there, they say say to themselfs someone must know about this, but they never report it. They ASSUME someone else will report it. WRONG! I drive these roads every day too. I see a puddle, I DONT HIT IT. Why? Because there is a hole there... DUH! Find out just how much your, no OUR, tax dollars really go to fund the roadway, you will be supprised.... Its not much. The guy's & gal's that maintain the roads work hard at it and rarely get good compliments on the job. It is easy for some to critize others, but untill your out there doing it, you be the responsible adult and report it. That way there is no question about whether or not the City, County or State knows. Also ask them to let you know when it was completed. Just saying..........

Jake Helpdesk Olson
Jake Helpdesk Olson

2 separate incidents in a week, and I had 2 popped tires, and a broken rim.

Eric Marshall
Eric Marshall

I lost a really nice snow tire to a pothole this spring - which turned into a loss of a full set of really nice snow tires, due to the fact that I could not find a replacement anywhere in the country and my Subaru needs 4 matching tires. Screw you potholes! Incidentally this was on 28th - between the bike trail crossing and Hiawatha.

Crystal Rose
Crystal Rose

There's quite a large one on Colfax around 28th St. as well. Bottomed out in the Car2Go. Thankfully we didn't get stuck!

Cassie Flaig
Cassie Flaig

Pothole in mpls caused $3000 in damages to my friends vehicle last week

Eric Ramsey
Eric Ramsey

They also don't know that their streets suck, and that they should all go to jail for misappropriation of funds. Liars and frauds.

Jillian Bridges
Jillian Bridges

Potholes are absolutely terrible. In St Paul you can actually see chunks of road missing with brick underneath....Ayd Mill is atrocious.....494 w coming from Robert st is terrible....basically EVERYwhere it snowed this year is horrid.

Ben Cook-Feltz
Ben Cook-Feltz

I was just commenting the other day on how bad 46th is. It gets even worse further up Ford Parkway.

Robert Harrison
Robert Harrison

All of 394 from 94 to 100 needs to be blow up abs resurfaced

Jenn Sietsema
Jenn Sietsema

Ironic, I literally just posted a pic of my flat tire thanks to Saint Paul's awesome roads.....

Cindy Petree
Cindy Petree

how can I forget the potholes are deadly this year

CF_MN
CF_MN

@rdietel I'm surprised that is the case, I've had nothing but amazing responses from Minneapolis 311. 


I've called them about two things over the last 2-3 years and they were immediately fixed.


1) There was a very very minor buckle in the road on 15th a block from Henn along Loring Park, when the repainted the lines in Loring Park on 15th and you were coming towards Henn away from the park you were just at the right angle to bounce the ever-loving shit out of your car. This caused the drivers to swerve into the bike lanes to avoid the pinnacle of the buckle (I did it too, and I use that bike lane daily). I called them and explained the situation, the buckle was ground down within 48 hours.


2) There was a water main break on my street early this winter and my corner has a serious problem drain which caused a massive ice build up of ~4" around the entire corner. They had crews working on it within 3-4 days scraping it down the best they could and sanding it heavily.


Maybe call to report instead of using the app?

rdietel
rdietel

@CF_MN  I've had good success with 311 too when it's a Minneapolis street. 

NoMoreGasthof
NoMoreGasthof

@CF_MN HA! I never get a response from them. Calls or emails. The reason they didn't know about this pothole story is they were all busy renaming holidays.

rdietel
rdietel

@ChazDanger  Actually if you report on a pothole on a Hennepin County road with the MPLS 311 app they'll close it with no action. 

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

@rdietel Good to know,  I guess I never thought of that because I usually just report potholes near my home.

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