More Holes in the Road: Potholes in Michigan
I feel like all you hear about lately are potholes: potholes here, potholes there, potholes are everywhere.
How much this fix is going to cost is still unknown, and Governor Rick Snyder’s administration chimed in on the pothole-dilemma trying to get people off the number game at a recent conference.
According to Bill Rustem (one of the people in charge of fixing this mess):
“There is no sense talking about a number. We’ve got to focus on the long-term. What we can’t let happen is a short-term number, a little fix, and OK, we’re done with transportation. That’s not true.”
What’s happening is that nobody really understands how big the problem actually is, and to put an arbitrary number in place would only complicate the pothole problem because it’s a number out of context to fix a problem that’s still occurring. As long as there’s still snow, there’s still possible for potholes to form
Ever wonder what causes a pothole?
According to Michigan.gov’s website:
Potholes occur when snow and ice melt as part of Michigan’s seasonal freeze-thaw cycles. The resulting water then seeps beneath the pavement through cracks caused by the wear and tear of traffic. As the temperatures cool to freezing at night, the water becomes ice and expands below the pavement, forcing the pavement to rise. As the weight of traffic continues to pound on this raised section – and the temperatures once again rise above freezing – a shallow divot occurs under the surface and the pavement breaks, forming a pothole. A pothole is typically fixed by cleaning out the loose debris and filling it with hot and cold asphalt patch.
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