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POTHOLES IN CHICAGO - Uneven Funding Makes Them Unlikely to Disappear!

THOUSANDS OF POTHOLES LINE CHICAGO STREETS - BUT WINNING THE POTHOLE BATTLE TOUGH, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE! 

Potholes!  Bone-rattling, brain-jarring, tire-flattening potholes!

Every Spring in Chicago, the seemingly-endless Freeze-Thaw Cycle endemic to our weather, in combination with the snow-melting salt we use to make our streets passable each winter, breaks apart pavement.  Often, deep craters are formed, which often rival those on the surface of the moon for size!

As detailed in Robert Mitchum's story in today's Chicago Tribune, this year, a very snowy early winter, followed by several early thaws, thrashed our area roads, and have made many of them virtually non-navigable.  The worst, pothole-a-plenty streets in the City of Chicago include Touhy Avenue, as well as Cicero and Western Avenues.  One stretch of Grand Avenue between Halsted Street and Des Plaines Avenue has been repaired several times this past winter - and is still troublingly, menacingly uneven.

Chicago city pothole repair crews have been busy since January.  They have filled thousands of potholes each day, seven days each week.  Last Monday, 11,000 pothole complaints came into the Chicago 311 System - the highest volume all season.

However, patching individual potholes is a spotty procedure at best. 

The best way, short of complete road reconstruction, is resurfacing the most troubled roads.  Aside from funding to resurface a stretch of Lake Shore Drive between Foster Street and Irving Park Road on the North Side of Chicago, however, state and county money for pothole repair has been lacking over the last few years.  Only about 3.5 miles of Chicago Residential and Arterial Streets were resurfaced last year, down from 56 miles of resurfaced roads as recently as 2004.

City officials, along with those from the state and nearby Chicago counties, hope money from the Federal Stimulus Package will make their way to Chicago Road Resurfacing Projects this summer - with homes of sparing some of the pain, rattle, and repair expense next winter season.

Until then - drive carefully within the City of Chicago.  Or an Auto, Alignment, or Tire Repair Shop may be a frequent stop this spring.

DEAN MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2009 10:20 PM by Dean's Team

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