QOTD: That One Special Pothole
Those who have been paying attention will note I live in Chicago. As a resident of the North Side, I often use the famed Lake Shore Drive to from point A to point B. The nearest entrance ramp to southbound/downtown-bound LSD to my house has a pavement buckle that looks like a mini speed hump. It's been there for years -- perhaps for the entire 13 years I've been in my current spot.
This means that every test vehicle I take on this route, from sports cars to luxury sedans to three-row, land-barge crossovers has to encounter this pavement spot. It's a great way to see how a vehicle reacts, and sometimes I even adjust drive modes if I run this route more than once while driving the same car, to see if the response changes.
So, it's kinda nice for vehicle testing, but it's also annoying as hell. This buckle, and a pothole just beyond it that I usually manage to avoid, are things that annoy me in my daily life. I assume that you have something similar, no matter where you live. Even places where the roads are mostly pristine aren't perfect.
So, what pothole/pavement buckle/other pavement imperfection is well-known among you and your neighbors? Have you a local pothole that seems to strand a motorist with a blown tire on the regular? Maybe one that your local government has been unwilling or unable to fix?
I'll give you one more example -- growing up in the burbs, I was clued into a "jump" on a particular residential street a few neighborhoods over. I can't recall now if it was a speed bump installed by my city or a pavement buckle, I just know it was rumored you could catch air. I tried one night in my Fox body, but I don't recall all these years later if I did a mini Dukes of Hazzard or not -- I do know the Fox was unharmed (that car survived a lot of teenage shenanigans, but that's a story for another time). Anyway, you might have a similar setup near you -- a patch of pavement that local punks like to use to hoon.
So, sound off.
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Jwee on Dec 03, 2022
Potholes are a choice, not inherent to road construction. A few years ago I read that road maintenance contracts are worth more than the construction ones, thus the skew. I don't think this is about taxes as much as priorities. Europe has higher headline taxes and much better roads (except you, UK), but I think this is about priorities. It's not the cold - spend some time in the cold north of Germany or the Alps and you can feel the difference.
Beachy on Dec 04, 2022
Asphalt only works to keep the dirt road below it dry, and it is the dry dirt that holds up the asphalt surface to make a smooth road surface. Once the asphalt cracks or a spring wells up and the dirt gets wet, all bets are off. It is usually due to a spring that perennial potholes form. They are very hard to get rid of.
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