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Learn me about: potholes.

Potholes, I know they are holes in the street. duh.

Lately, with all this rain in socal, potholes are popping up left and right. Some look like they have been dug out with a shovel, gravel spilled all over the road. Why is this?

How can potholes just magically be dug into the street, besides small sinkholes... People are not doing burnouts or braking on the once repaired portion of the street. WTF?

I am confused.


February 23, 2005 12:03 PM Reply

CalTrans goes around, temporarily fills them with gravel because fixing them would be a waste of time. Then they come back later when its dry and really fix em.

Some of us don't have all-wheel drive, I managed to get some wheel spin right on top of a pothole without trying. It was gravel after all.

February 23, 2005 1:05 PM Reply

The potholes are formed because the rain erodes the smaller holes in the street away. Then cars run over them and make them bigger because it erodes the edges away even more.

The reason the gravel is there is because the city workers have been filling them up occasionally with gravel to keep people from ruining their cars, but people running it over makes it kick out all over the road until they fill the hole up again.

Hope that answers your question. :)

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