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March 21, 2005 // UPDATED 1:53 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Greg Corradini
Greg Corradini

The road conditions at South 1st Street are causing a problem for Skyway News readers.

Dee Cotten wrote to Skyway News about a "very bad" section of South 1st in front of Minneapolis' Main Post Office, 110 S. 1st St. In her fax, Cotton said the road's bad condition is "hard on the cars and the tires especially in winter."

However, Minneapolis Public Works Pavement Engineer Larry Matsumoto said that section of South1st Street has a rating of 71 on the Pavement Condition Index (PCI), a 0-100 rating system that pavement engineers use to measure roads' distress conditions. (A 100 rating is the best.) South 1st Street was last rated in 1999, he said.

Of a road's PCI, Matsumoto said, "70 is kind of the magic number. Roads above that rating are in acceptable condition."

Roads below the magic number are considered candidates for different types of repairs, construction and renovations, he said.

Within Minneapolis' more than 750 square miles of roadway, Matsumoto said there are many roads that fall below a PCI rating of 50. He said that the Public Works Department's pavement management program has indicated that Chicago Avenue South from East Lake Street to East 28th Street is in "very bad shape."

It will be redone this coming spring, he said.

Although South 1st Street is scheduled to be rated again this year, Matsumoto drove down the street and said "its condition isn't that bad considering there are other roads in Minneapolis that are in a lot worse shape."

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