The Mystery of Potholes

The pothole. Oh, how we loathe thee. Did you know that hitting a pothole can have the same impact to your car as a 35 mph accident? It is no wonder that every spring there are more cars in the shops looking for alignment work. This damage to your car can cost an average of over $300.

But what actually causes a pothole? In the cold months, when water freezes in the cracks of asphalt pavement, it causes the pavement to expand. Then when the temperatures warm up, the water melts and seeps into different parts of the pavement causing a hole. Do this over and over, combine heavy cars and trucks passing by every day, and a pothole will appear.

Pavement Network member, Wright Construction, put together this fantastic infographic that dives deep into the world of potholes.

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