Spring Pothole Season 2022: Be careful out there

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It’s pothole repair season, from coast to coast and road crevasse to street pit. And lest anyone think their city, county, or state is more afflicted than any other, we provide for you a snapshot of what asphalt looks like in the spring of 2022: “This year’s pothole season one of the worst in recent memory,” reports TBNewsWatch.com. Owing to “a hard winter on our roads with the continual freeze-thaw,”…

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Cars and Tires that Withstand Potholes Best

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A heavy body, long travel suspension, and wide sidewall tires hold up best to bumps and dips in the road. Where it comes to potholes and pothole-induced damages to vehicles, we generally consider the pothole to be the problem that needs fixing. Ultimately, eliminating potholes will benefit all users of the roads, from the smallest Fiat to the largest 18-wheel semi-truck. But due to the ubiquity of potholes, found coast…

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Cruel March Should be National Freeze-Thaw Month

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It’s that time of year, that month that is the dividing line between winter and spring, when hope springs eternal but car shocks might not. March is the month when temperatures fluctuate above and below the freezing mark (32ºF). Of course, the further south one goes that is more above freezing than below, but the fact remains that those oscillations are what matters most. Because simple water, in its expansions…

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Black Ice, Potholes – and Ice Bumps

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It’s that time of the year: If the black ice doesn’t get you, the potholes might. And so might the ice bumps. Ice bumps? Well, yes – but to be clear ice bumps or ice mounds should not be confused with black ice, those frozen areas of the roadways that, thanks to a combination of rapid freezing of snow or sleet, are so clear and flat because they lack bubbles…

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Why “Blacktop” Asphalt Paving Rules on Public Roadways

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Asphalt is cheaper to install, and easier to repair, than cement concrete. But both require regular maintenance to ward off deterioration – including potholes. According to the Federal Highway Administration (FWHA), about 94 percent of all surfaces used for transportation – roads, streets, and highways – are paved with asphalt. The characteristics and properties of bitumen-based asphalt, also known as blacktop, are quite different than those of concrete, even if…

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