December 22, 2013
This winter’s sudden impinging on fall can drive you crazy, or crazy your drive. Amid the ice and snow, we’re seeing potholes, chuckholes, wheelbenders or whatever you call them popping up like so many moon craters.
No, it’s not an asteroid attack. It’s simple pavement physics: Vehicles create stress fractures, called alligator tracks, in road surfaces. Water enters the cracks. Severe cold freezes the water, expanding it. The crack generates potholes. Every time vehicles hit them, the cavities get larger.
Normally, our pothole season begins in late February. Not so this winter. Our favorite auto mechanic tells us he’s seeing dozens of drivers with wheel damage. Average repair job: In the hundreds if you need a new tire and wheel, much more if the suspension is skewered….
We don’t expect to navigate potholes in December and are caught by surprise. And these holes can be monsters. That pothole in the North Canton Post Office lot seemed to eat wheels. Be especially watchful on side streets. Our freeways, recently repaved, are holding up, but keep an eye out, anyway….
Cash-strapped cities use a cheap technique to deal with potholes: They barricade the hole and wait until spring. Would it be that simple.
This being an editorial, we must conclude with our opinion: Potholes suck. Period.
— The (Canton) Repository