“Holey” Pothole! A New Driving Danger

“Holey” Pothole!  A New Driving Danger

By Cale Simonson The icy season is a treacherous time for all travelers.  Whether walking, biking or driving, road conditions are crucial to the safety those audacious enough to venture into the uncertainty of these man-made trails.  Extreme low temperatures and high levels of snow occurring in 2010 have only served to increase the potential

By Cale Simonson

The icy season is a treacherous time for all travelers.  Whether walking, biking or driving, road conditions are crucial to the safety those audacious enough to venture into the uncertainty of these man-made trails.  Extreme low temperatures and high levels of snow occurring in 2010 have only served to increase the potential peril facing Lincoln’s public.  Along with sheets of ice eliminating traction, drivers face hazards that cannot be nullified by big-ticket tires or a trunk full of sandbags; Potholes.

For anyone who has yet to experience their terror, potholes are craters that form where tires touch pavement.  As water from melting ice and snow seeps into pavement, asphalt weakens.  Below-freezing temperatures solidify water in pavement, causing it to expand and further weaken and crack.  Cars then drive over these brittle areas of concrete displacing large chunks and creating menacing craters of various sizes.

Frequently traveled streets in Lincoln have suffered incredible destruction this season.  Drivers can be seen swerving about, often from lane to lane in an attempt to dodge the cavernous craters that threaten to jostle cars to the core.  Several of the potholes lurking around town are deeper than most tires are tall.  A collision with a pothole of this magnitude could pop a tire or bend an axle.

For most of us, this issue hits even closer to home, or rather school, because we have come to know so well the two-feet-deep monster pothole in Lincoln High’s south parking lot.  Most, if not all students of driving age will claim to have “personal beef” with this small-scale black hole.

Action is finally being taken as road crews can now occasionally be seen heroically filling potholes where they once victimized small cars.  Our very own Lincoln High pothole was recently defeated by a noble and much anticipated road crew.  As subzero weather draws to a potential close, automobile owning residents of Lincoln breathe a sigh of relief.  Another Nebraska winter of safe driving in the books.

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