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Crews fill more than 1,000 potholes on Grand Forks using new machine

GRAND FORKS, ND--Your ride to work is getting smoother each day.

More than a thousand potholes have been fixed on Grand Forks streets in the last few weeks.

Our Kenneth Chase shows us how technology is filling the gap.

City crews are filling potholes like this one all around town and it's all thanks to a new machine that can fill them in seconds--a pothole machine.

A hole in the road is a common sight on the Grand Forks streets.

Earl Litterer Sr. Grand Forks resident:

"It kind of bothers me,” said Grand Forks resident, Earl Litterer Sr.

But repairs are happening faster.

"Washington street you could fall asleep on that road,” said Litterer.

"Some of them are like washboards if you know what a washboard is you know scrub board. Some of them are like that."

Potholes are a problem plaguing North Third Street.

"I mean it's rough on the tires, suspension."

Potholes are a problem plaguing North Third Street.

But help arrived this morning.

"It's the first time I seen that machine,” said Litterer.

We asked what Litterer thinks about the machine.

“I'm glad they are. That way by gosh they don't have half a dozen people working in the street with that machine,” said Litterer.

The machine cuts the number of crew working on a pothole in half -- making them work more efficiently.

"We're at a thousand 1249 as of right now for total pothole lifetime patches on this machine. And we're at about 68 hours on the machine,” said Streets Crew member, Chris Shawstad.

A repair that can be done in an instant.

"It'd take 3 seconds to 10 seconds,” said Shawstad.

And cars can drive on it immediately after it's been fixed.

But the machine didn't come cheap.

WDAY News learned the machine costs around 200 thousand dollars.

It's being paid for using money generated by the sales tax increase.

"I think the city's doing a pretty good job anyway trying to catch up with everything,” said Litterer.

As we head into fall -- the streets department says you'll be seeing it in residential areas.

They say drivers should watch out for crew while it's working.

"People see it so often but then they don't respect it that people are actually working. To actually slow down probably even choose an alternate route,” said Shawstad.

"I think the machine will take care of the problems quicker,” said Litterer.

Neighbors hoping technology gives us a smoother ride.

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