Yearly Archives

2021

Beware the Dips: Why Potholes Form Under Viaducts

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Where water flows to is where pavement is most likely to fail. So in areas where water stands still there may well be potholes lurking under the puddles. In the balance of life, there are bridges and there are underpasses. On the former a car will go up and over and the latter it’s down and through. Simple stuff, right? It also explains why, simply, there tend to be potholes…

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Arty potholes, improved safety?

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Injurious falls occur more often outside the home than in. Artists in Chicago are filling potholes with bicycle parts – perhaps reducing pothole dangers. In this particularly cold and miserable winter of 2021, after the snow is sufficiently scraped or melted away from the streets of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, there are some filled-in potholes from late 2020 that should get more attention than road repairs typically do. That’s because…

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Car Tires vs. Potholes

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Potholes cause costly damage to car wheels, suspension and steering systems. Tire blowouts are most common, but tougher new material offers better protection. Is there such a thing as a pothole-proof car tire? One Finnish company believes it can be done – so much so they are introducing a very resilient product in North America made of the same material as used in bulletproof vests. It comes with an 80,000-mile…

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Reading the Road

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Since the early 20th century, markings and reflectors have helped guide our way and keep us safe while driving. Too bad potholes don’t come with such warnings. While it’s commonplace today to see yellow and white lines, and different colored reflectors, embedded in our streets and highways, that hasn’t always been the case. The first painted lines down the middle of roads – in Wayne County, Michigan in 1911 –…

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