The city conducts an annual street sweeping program that involves the removal of the residual sand resulting from past snow plowing events. All curbed streets are swept full width, typically in April. In addition to the spring sweeping, Shoreview's goal is to sweep all city streets two additional times throughout the summer months.
Potholes are created in a number of ways. When water seeps into cracks on the road's surface and is combined with the vibration of traffic it causes the asphalt to fail. This is why there are more potholes after it rains. Potholes are also created when trucks and buses stress the roadway causing a movement of the subsurface. Once there is a weak spot, every car that travels over it worsens the problem, and eventually a section of the material will fail. The most common cause is the freeze/thaw cycle. The ice/snow melts during the day filling cracks with water. At night the water freezes and expands, popping the road surface.
Potholes and other roadway failures are repaired by the Streets Department in order of priority. The goal is to respond to all potholes within 24 hours of being notified. The city does repair potholes year round as part of its street maintenance program.
For more information on how potholes form or the methods for correcting them, please visit the link below.
Please keep in mind that all county roads are the responsibility of Ramsey County; all state and interstate highways, the Minnesota Department of Transportation.