Minnesota is in the midst of its spring pothole season with the ground vacillating between freezing and thawing, pushing up pavement and then swallowing it. These potholes are causing problems for drivers and the government that has patched the asphalt roads rather than replace them.
A lack of funds is preventing Duluth from getting the maintenance and reconstruction that it so badly needs. The road condition in Duluth is further proof of the necessity of concrete. The city's topography is a major factor as to why the roads are in poor conditions:
The city, built on a hill and extending 26 miles long, is responsible for 478 miles of streets — roughly half the miles of Minneapolis streets, though it has less than a quarter of the population. Most of the city’s roads are built on hard rock and clay, which holds more water than other types of soil, raising more havoc during freeze-thaw cycles.