Potholes, April 2014: Polar Vortex Damage in the American Heartland

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To the surprise of no one, the brutal winter conditions in certain parts of the United States have led to a pothole epidemic in Spring 2014. The successive waves of sub-zero temperatures – including the Polar Vortices of January and February – have certainly done a number on the nation’s highways, roads, streets and alleys. But to those familiar with pothole generation, where freeze-thaw cycles accelerate pavement deterioration, the troubles didn’t end by March. The fluctuations above and below 32 degrees F (O degrees C) this spring have been perhaps…read more

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Even Down South: 2014 Potholes Plague Portions of the Southeast

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The American South was hit harder in the winter of 2014 than is typical. While the upper Midwest shivered under sub-zero temperatures, the same cold air masses dipped further south to collide with warmer Gulf air, leading to snowfall in every state including parts of Florida.

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Potholes 2014: Brunt of the Polar Vortices in Northeast US

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Reports from cities, counties and state departments of transportation in the northeastern United States – all significantly affected by the harsh conditions of the winter of 2013-2014 – tell us at least two things. One, that potholes now seen after the departure of the last ice and snow in mid-April are abundant. Two, that the costs of fixing those potholes are enormous.

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