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Hit any potholes yet?

Posted: Friday, Mar 7th, 2014

No, it’s not Brookings, but drivers could encounter a tire-busting, ball joint-breaking pothole like this just about anywhere. Motorists’ organizations like AAA South Dakota say spring 2014 is shaping up as one of the worst pothole seasons ever. This monster pothole is in Thorold, Ontario, a community of 18,000 near Niagara Falls.

• Preventive maintenance means Brookings fares better with potholes than most cities

BROOKINGS – Time Magazine sounded the alarm Jan. 21 with a headline that screamed: “2014 Shaping Up as an Epically Bad Year for Potholes.”

“Snow. Freeze. Thaw. Repeat. This has largely been the weather pattern over the past few weeks,” wrote Brad Tuttle in his Time report. “And this is the pattern that’s a perfect storm for producing a ‘bumper crop of potholes,’ experts say.”

AAA South Dakota said much the same thing in its mid-February alert to the public:

“Take equal measures of freezing and thawing cycles, add a generous dose of salt, then combine with an endless parade of car and truck tires and you have the perfect recipe for potholes. For motorists, it’s a bitter dish, resulting in lost hubcaps, warped wheel alignments, damaged tires, fractured undercarriages, bent axles, smashed mufflers, out-of-shape shocks and rattled nerves.”

But take heart, Brookings drivers. If you keep your vehicle on city streets, it’s likely you’ll make it through to spring without falling into some unseen crater.

For the complete article see the 03-08-2014 issue.

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