City of Sioux Falls brags about filling 2.875 potholes per hour

I guess I have never filled potholes before, so I don’t know how long it takes but;

City of Sioux Falls Street Operations Manager Dustin Hansen tells KELOLAND News city crews have filled more than 2,300 potholes since March 1.

Hansen says that there are “about five to six crews out” every day right now.

So lets do the math, 2,300 potholes in 20 days = 115 day. 5 crews at 8 hours a day = 40 hours a day.

That equals filling 2.875 potholes an hour.

Like I said, I’m no expert, but I’m not sure if I would be bragging about those kind of results.


#1 Scott Linder on 04.30.19 at 4:35 pm

Potholes are poorly filled and is just a temporary repair. All in all, most roadways through Sioux Falls are in horrible condition. City Government needs to address this for a permanent fix.

#2 Jon on 04.30.19 at 5:30 pm

I’ve live in about 7 other cities in my life, and these are the worst roads I have ever seen. Seems to be a very small priority until media and social media began giving it coverage. Building various buildings/endeavors we do not need is finally coming to roost. No amount of patching is going to help anything. Many roads are in need of a 100% tear down and rebuild. Throwing 1 million at the roads like PTH wants to do is a drop in the bucket.

I have a new vehicle that needed an 80 dollar alignment due to the potholes (and I drive very carefully). I am going to begin to save a file on my expenses because of poor roads and turn them into the city. Ridiculous!

#3 Trump's hair on 04.30.19 at 6:16 pm

But some of those potholes are pretty big. There’s one on 41st, that’s in two time zones.

#4 scott on 04.30.19 at 6:54 pm

this is a fine example of running government like a business. if the boss says it’s great it’s great, even though he’s standing knee deep in a pot hole. no one questions the boss. if you don’t like it quit. or in this case move.

#5 D@ily Spin on 04.30.19 at 7:43 pm

I’ve noticed potholes are being filled. More so than for during Huether and Munson. What I’d like to see is street redesign so that there’s less a problem with ice heaves. US 81 was the first North-South interstate. It rarely needs maintainable. There’s something to be learned from historic road paving.

#6 "Very Stable Genius" on 04.30.19 at 9:32 pm

Is that 875/1000s of a pothole merely existential, or will my car feel it too?….(“Fill it?”….. Oh, it will feel it in more ways than one….)….. Oh I get it, after a break, the remaining 125/1000s of that pothole will be filled in the next hour….

“We plan to fill all of the small potholes first so we can get more done per hour, so watch out!”


#7 Blasphemo on 05.01.19 at 10:57 am

Your math is right on track with the 2.575 potholes filled per hour figure computed by your foot soldier as published 3/22/19 here. You don’t need to be an expert to conclude this is slow progress. If Sioux Falls had a pothole/fissure/crevice repair effort fractionally commensurate with that of Omaha, we’d have near 20 crews out repairing our roads daily.