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Woodbury is working with MnDOT to determine how best to maintain existing streets and slow or eliminate their deterioration, Gridley said. The city is forming a citizen task force to further examine the problem.
Two other cities reporting extensive crumbling, Brooklyn Center and Eden Prairie, also were selected for the MnDOT study.
Eckles said he can’t say with certainty whether asphalt mixes being used today will deteriorate in the same fashion that the 1990s mixes did, but he’s hopeful they’ll last longer. The sudden appearance of crumbling roads in Woodbury wasn’t pretty, he said, nor was the patching that followed.
“Certainly people are concerned, especially people in the neighborhoods that saw their roads fall apart in the course of a season,” he said.
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