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Potholes form progressively and can vary in size and shape. They are caused by the expansion and contraction of ground water after the water has seeped into the ground under the road surface. The water expands when frozen and contracts when it thaws. This cycle causes stress and fatigue of the road surface.
City employees are currently working overtime to tackle the greater-than-average number of potholes on Denver roads. In the morning, crews receive a list of known sites to repair. Once those jobs have been completed, the crews spend the remainder of their shifts driving the streets in search of more potholes to fix.
Motorists can report potholes by calling 311.
Dangers of Potholes
Potholes are more than just a nuisance, they can cause damage to your vehicle and cause accidents resulting in serious injury or death.
Potholes put an enormous strain on your vehicle’s suspension and shocks. This can cause expensive damage to your vehicle necessitating an emergency trip to your mechanic or body shop. In fact, an encounter with a sizable pothole can have the same impact as an accident at a speed of 35 mph.
In addition to damaging to your vehicle, potholes can also cause accidents. If a pothole is deep enough, it can cause a motorist to lose control of their vehicle. Additionally, wheels can become entrenched in the pothole, causing a vehicle to spin or roll over.
Rear end collisions can also occur when a driver stops suddenly to avoid a pothole, not giving the motorist behind him ample time to stop. Other types of accidents can occur when a driver swerves to dodge a pothole, only to sideswipe a vehicle in the adjacent lane.
Potholes can also be dangerous to motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The unexpected drop experienced when hitting a pothole on a motorcycle can cause the bike to turnover, resulting in catastrophic injuries.
Pedestrians may step in the potholes causing them to fall and be injured.
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