Today's the first day of spring, which means the snow will be fast melting and potholes will start growing like weeds. That's bad news for your vehicle and your wallet. If you do happen to get damage from a pothole, there are things you can do to make sure the repair money isn't going to come out of your pocket and put a dent on your summer vacation savings.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, there are some instances where they are liable to pay for the damage to your vehicle.

  • The damage must have happened on a state highway
  • This includes trunk highways and the interstate system
  • Damage must have happened due to negligence on MnDot's behalf
  • They have had a reasonable amount of time to repair the issue and failed to fix it or warn people of it
  • You must file your claim in 180 days from the incident

It usually doesn't include;

  • Weather related conditions like snow, ice, flooding, etc.
  • Damage caused by other people's vehicles
  • Unreported debris in the road
  • Your own negligence

You can file a claim by contacting the tort claims and standard engineer, Janelle Anderson at 651-234-7388. Since the state is self-insured there is no insurance or investigating agency that represents them.

But, what happens if your vehicle was damaged and you weren't on a state highway? You need to file with your city or town. Here is the contact info for the local counties!

Benton County
Benton County Engineer
P.O. Box 247
321 6th Avenue
Foley, MN 56329
Phone: 320.968.5051
Fax: 320.968.5333

Kandiyohi County
Kandiyohi County Engineer
P.O. Box 976
1801 East Highway 12
Willmar, MN 56201
Phone: 320.235.3266
Fax: 320.235.0055

Morrison County
Morrison County Engineer
213 First Avenue SE
Little Falls, MN 56345-0121
Phone: 320.632.0121
Fax: 320.632.9510

Sherburne County
Sherburne County Engineer
Sherburne County Government Center
13880 Business Center Drive
Elk River, MN 55330
Phone: 763.765.3300
Fax: 763.765.3366

Todd County
Todd County Engineer
County Department of Highways
Route 4, Box 5
Long Prairie, MN 56347
Phone: 320.732.2722
Fax: 320.732.4525

 Douglas County

Douglas County Engineer
509 3rd Avenue West
P.O. Box 398
Alexandria, MN 56308
Phone: 320.763.6001
Fax: 320.763.7955

Meeker County
Meeker County Engineer
325 North Sibley
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: 320.693.5360 or 320.693.5362
Fax: 320.693.5369

Pope County
Pope County Engineer
114 West Minnesota Avenue
Glenwood, MN 56334
Phone: 320.634.4561
Fax: 320.634.4388

Stearns County
Stearns County Engineer
P.O. Box 246
St. Cloud, MN 56302
Phone: 320.255.6180
Fax: 320.255.6186

Wright County
Wright County Engineer
1901 Highway 25 North
Buffalo, MN 55313
Phone: 763.682.7388
Fax: 763.682.7313

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